December 5 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Friday, October 18, 2013
Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue are still out of action and will miss Tottenham’s trip to Aston Villa on Sunday, while Andre Villas-Boas is yet to decide whether to involve Younes Kaboul.
However, Spurs’ head coach expects Aston Villa’s talisman Christian Benteke to return from injury and lead the line for the hosts.
Rose has been absent for the last month, having limped out of the 3-0 home win over Tromso in the Europa League with a toe injury, while Capoue was stretchered off in the north London derby against Arsenal on September 1 with ankle ligament damage, and Aaron Lennon has been absent with a foot problem since the opening day of the season.
“Capoue is coming back to training next week and, bearing in mind the six-week or seven-week absence, he will be a little bit off form so we’ll have to build him up a little bit,” said Villas-Boas at today’s press conference.
“On Danny Rose, we made a substantial development [during the international break] but unfortunately not enough to make him risk playing this game – but, again, hopefully we’ll see him back in training within the next week.
“With Younes, we’ve also a made significant recovery. He was very close to full fitness. Bearing in mind the constant setbacks we have kept him training alone, probably restricting the muscles a little bit, so he’s in with a chance to be involved [against Villa] but we’ll have to make that decision and it’s more sensible to delay it a bit more.”
Regarding Lennon’s fitness, the head coach said on Tottenham’s official Twitter site, @SpursOfficial: “We’ve used these 2 weeks to build fitness, we know what he can offer us. He won’t be in contention this week, but soon.”
Meanwhile, Spurs’ opponents Aston Villa are likely to be boosted by the return of Benteke.
The striker has been on international duty with Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, who have reported that their international team-mate is ready to play.
“That’s the information I’ve been given from them,” said Villas-Boas. “He was involved [with Belgium], he was called up and he was in contention to play in their games. From my understanding, he’s training so I would expect him to play.
“He’s showing all of his potential at the moment. We’ve seen him scoring goals, seen how he acts as a direct striker for Villa and I think we all agree that, with him, Villa are a different proposition. He has a great career ahead, the goals he’s scored have shown that.
“I [managed a team] against him when I was at Porto. He wasn’t playing at the time, he wasn’t involved for Genk and I wasn’t aware that he had this immense potential, but credit to him.
“The Belgium squad is full of great internationals and they can be one of the surprises of the World Cup.
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