Tottenham XI vs Arsenal: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup, Covid and injury latest for Premier League

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Tottenham XI vs Arsenal: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup, Covid and injury latest for Premier League
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  • Antonio Conte
    Antonio Conte
    Italian association football player and manager
  • Hugo Lloris
    Hugo Lloris
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  • Cristian Romero
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Arsenal’s catalogue of missing players is dominating the build-up to Sunday’s north London derby but Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has problems of his own.

Conte is again set to be without key defenders Eric Dier and Cristian Romero, as well as Heung-min Son, having suggested none of his injured stars would be fit until the end of the month.

Captain Hugo Lloris will surely return to the side after Conte’s strange experiment with back-up goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini in Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final decider.

Japhet Tanganga has endured a nightmare week, making mistakes leading to goals in both legs against the Blues and the FA Cup tie with Morecambe, but is likely to keep his place in the back three in the absence of an obvious alternative.

Conte’s experiment with Matt Doherty as a left wing-back is, mercifully, likely to end, with Ryan Sessegnon set to come in. Sergio Reguilon remains a major doubt with a worrisome hamstring problem.

Oliver Skipp should be recalled to the midfield after a surprising omission on Wednesday but who makes way?

Harry Winks was bright against the Blues and suits the switch to a five-man midfield, so Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could drop out.

Conte has said Steven Bergwijn is only fit enough for a place on the bench, so Giovani Lo Celso can expect to continue at No10, with Harry Kane and Lucas Moura again making up the front two.

Spurs predicted XI (3-5-2): Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Winks, Sessegnon; Lo Celso; Lucas, Kane.

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London

When: Sunday, January 16, 16.30

TV: Sky Sports

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Spurs squad from: Lloris, Gollini, Austin, Doherty, Tanganga, Emerson, Reguilon, Davies, Sessegnon, Sanchez, Rodon, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Winks, Dele, Lo Celso, White, Ndombele, Gil, Lucas, Kane, Scarlett, Bergwijn.

Out: Romero (fitness), Son (hamstring), Reguilon (hamstring), Dier (thigh)

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