Premier League action is back for Tottenham after their winter break and up next are Aston Villa.

Spurs will travel to the Midlands for a clash against the struggling side knowing they could move fifth and a step closer to Chelsea in fourth place.

Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate with Jose Mourinho against Man City

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Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate with Jose Mourinho against Man City

When the two encountered each other on the opening day of the season, the north London side, then managed by Mauricio Pochettino, were lucky to come away with all three points.

John McGinn’s early goal had them behind until Tanguy Ndombele struck a leveller before a late Harry Kane double did the remaining damage home soil.

This time, though, Spurs can’t call on the game-changing Christian Eriksen and scorer Kane, with the former sold to Inter and the latter out injured.

Spurs have also been handed a scare with Giovani Lo Celso, along with Erik Lamela, missing training in midweek due to a muscle issue.

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It is not ideal for manager Jose Mourinho given Lo Celso”s excellent form in recent weeks, which saw the club turn his loan deal into a permanent one during the transfer window.

However, on Friday it was revealed the midfielder had been taking part in full training, while Lamela’s thigh is being assessed ahead of the game.

Ndombele, following the break, may get a chance to play alongside Lo Celso, having had more time to get up to full fitness, but it would mean no place for Harry Winks who has impressed in recent weeks.

There may also be a return for January signing Steven Bergwijn after his debut goal against Manchester City and he will be raring to go having missed their FA Cup fourth round replay with Southampton.

Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son, and Dele Alli should complete a front four with the Dutchman.

Steven Bergwijn scored on his Tottenham debut

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Steven Bergwijn scored on his Tottenham debut

In defence there could be a comeback for Ben Davies, who was cruelly injured in Mourinho’s first game in charge, a 3-2 win over West Ham at the London Stadium.

The Welshman would play as the tucked in left-back, allowing Serge Aurier to attack on the right flank.

With Jan Vertonghen looking poor against Southampton in the FA Cup a start for Davinson Sanchez is also likely.

January loan signing Gedson Fernandes is unlikely to start but should be on the bench.

How Tottenham should look against Aston Villa, according to talkSPORT.com


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