Tottenham Hotspur travel to France today for their Conference League group stage match against Rennes on Thursday, and it’s anyone’s guess what Nuno Espirito Santos’ starting line-up will look like. But we have a good idea that it will not involve.
According to Alasdair Gold on football.london, all the players who missed last Sunday’s debacle at Crystal Palace will also miss the match against Rennes. Son Heung-Min is recovering from a calf injury and Eric Dier limped towards the Palace with what is now described as a “dead leg”. Gold expressed doubts that Sonny would be ready to face Chelsea this weekend, but there is a chance Dier could be available. However, Matt Law suggests that Sonny believes he could still get in shape in time.
Heung-Min Son has not given up on being fit to face Chelsea on Sunday. Would be a huge boost for Tottenham if he can handle it. Dier hopeful too #thfc
– Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) September 15, 2021
Meanwhile, it appeared to be a minor ankle injury that Steven Bergwijn sustained while on international work with the Netherlands. It is unlikely he will perform in France, but he can return against Chelsea. There was no mention of Ryan Sessegnon incurring a hamstring injury while with England’s U23s.
The South American trio Cuti Romero, Gio Lo Celso and Davinson Sanchez return from their post-international isolation in Croatia on Saturday, a day before the Chelsea match. It puts them out of contention with Rennes and officially makes them a doubt for Chelsea, but it seems likely that at least one of them will somehow matter this weekend.
The only player who seems to be ready for a big role tomorrow is Tanguy Ndombele. After making the bench against Crystal Palace and considering the terribly awful performance in midfield that started against Crystal Palace, it would be necessary for Nuno to consider getting Tanguy for a few minutes. A Conference League match at Rennes, a club he knows from his years at Lyon, would be a perfect opportunity for Ndombele to get his first minutes with the first team since Ryan Mason’s first match at the helm.
Rennes are no slouch, but with a massive battle against Chelsea looming, it is reasonable to expect a healthy rotation if there is no other reason to give Tottenham’s injured or returning stars a few extra days to get ready.