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Spurs team news: Sherwood hopes defensive trio will be fit to face Chelsea

15:00 07 March 2014

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Tim Sherwood hopes that three of his defenders will be available to face Chelsea tomorrow, with Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul and Zeki Fryers all battling to shake off injuries.

Walker and Kaboul have both missed the last four games, and Zeki Fryers – who has been filling in for Danny Rose at left-back – had to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad this week due to an ankle problem.

But Sherwood said: “Walker is close, Younes Kaboul is close – we’re just waiting to see how they react after they train today.

“Zeki’s touch and go, he’s still got an ankle problem but we’re assessing him tomorrow and hopefully he should be ok.”

Gylfi Sigurdsson is also hoping to make his first Tottenham appearance since January 29, having played for Iceland against Wales in midweek.

The midfielder has scored in his last two games against Chelsea and he told the club’s website: “Of course I want to score again tomorrow.”

Unfortunately, Spurs still have a lengthy injury list to contend with, and they will be missing a number of players for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

“It might come a bit soon for Christian Eriksen,” said Sherwood. “Erik Lamela? No. We’re hoping he’ll be back before the end of the season, but I don’t think he is anywhere near resuming training or being up for selection.

“Capoue? No. Vlad Chiriches is out too. It’s too soon for Danny Rose, but he’s making good progress.”

Given that Eriksen looks set to lose his race for fitness due to a back injury, Sherwood was pleased that the 22-year-old did not appear for Denmark against England in midweek.

“Christian knows himself – he’s only a young boy but he’s very mature,” said Sherwood. “He knew he wasn’t right to play so he made that decision for them, but it’s good of the Danish federation to consider Tottenham.

“It was a friendly, after all. They know everything they need to know about Christian Eriksen, he’s their star player. But he made the decision for them because he wasn’t right to play.”

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