Leeds United handed boost as Tottenham face four-player injury crisis ahead of Premier League clash
Leeds United face Tottenham in their final Premier League clash before the World Cup, and it seems the North London side could be down to the bare bones.
With just a week to go until the Premier League break commences, Leeds still have three games to squeeze in, starting with Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon and then Wolves on Wednesday evening.
But the Whites’ final game of November comes down in London against third-placed Tottenham. It’s bound to be a difficult test for Jesse Marsch’s side, but Spurs may be forced to field a weakened side with up to four key players set to miss out.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Spurs are set to be without Heung-Min Son after he suffered a fracture to his left eye socket this week, while Antonio Conte has also been without Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski.
Richarlison looks set to miss the World Cup through injury, and the young Swede continues to struggle with a persistent thigh injury.
The fourth player in question is Harry Kane, who does remain fit, but will miss the Leeds clash should he pick up one more yellow card in Spurs’ remaining games. The England captain currently sits on four cautions, and a fifth would result in a one-match suspension.
While it’s easy to get caught up in Spurs’ squad news, it’s important that Leeds stay focused on their task at hand.
First, up for Marsch, points are essential against Bournemouth on the weekend. After such a huge win over Liverpool, it’s vital that the Whites follow it up with a strong showing against the Cherries.
The Wolves match could be a chance for Marsch to rest some key players and rotate his squad, although it depends how highly he values a cup run this season.
Following that, many will view the Tottenham match as an extremely tough task, but Leeds have performed best this season against the league’s bigger sides.
Following wins against Chelsea and Liverpool, and a stunning performance v Arsenal, there’s no reason Leeds shouldn’t feel confident of causing yet another upset against Spurs next week.
Their ongoing injury crisis should only add to Leeds’ confidence of getting a result in the capital.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are joined by Arsenal in the race to sign Noah Okafor