Tottenham v Newcastle Treatment Room – Injury News
Tottenham v Newcastle Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Football is a results based business and unless you’re Alan Pardew, a run such as ours will inevitably end with a P45.
This season Newcastle rank as one of the lowest scorers  combined with an inept inability to defend – 14 goals conceded during our 8 games – this is the story of our year, not just the 2014/15 campaign.
My optimism for three points is so far diminished these days that I’d gladly take a draw – particularly away from home – regardless of the opposition and Tottenham are no exception, although history will tell us that a point is unlikely as none of the last 17 meetings at White Hart Lane has ended with a share of the spoils.
Spurs will be buoyed by their midweek success in the Europa League with Mauricio Pochettino considering a number of options ahead of the game. Harry Kane has performed well for club and country this season and following his hat-trick on Thursday, must surely be afforded some game time ahead of the stuttering Emmanuel Adebayor, or the disappointing Roberto Soldado.
With Tottenham having scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle, goals are certainly in the offing .
Newcastle have a number of concerns leading up to the game but the extra day could help – Cheick Tiote [calf] and Emmanuel Riviere are both considered doubts and face a late test. While leading scorer Papiss Cisse – 4 goals and I assist this term – hasn’t trained since Tuesday because of a knee issue.
Paul Dummett and Mike Williamson are expected to be fit. Siem de Jong is ruled out until early 2015 while Rolando Aarons [hamstring] is bang on schedule and could join the group next week – Davide Santon’s progress is slow [mid-November], while Adam Campbell and Curtis Good have no definitive timeline for their return.
For Tottenham, the absence of the two Kyles [Walker & Naughton] almost guarantees Eric Dier a starting berth at right-back, with the ever present ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Rose on the left. Frederico Fazio will miss out through suspension but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is available as his sending off on Thursday does not count domestically. Nabil Bentaleb [ankle] will face a late fitness test for the hosts but the in-form Nacer Chadli [4 goals in 7 games] is fit.
Another world-class performance from Tim Krul may be the order of the day if Newcastle hope to take anything away from North London.
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