Tottenham latest: club lodges complaint, Ferdinand gives youngsters a boost

Paulinho

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Paulinho has been ruled out for at least four weeks after an MRI scan revealed the Brazilian midfielder has suffered significant ligament damage after a challenge with Charlie Adam.

This has led to Spurs lodging an official complaint against the Stoke City midfielder having previously been involved in controversy surrounding his tackling in the past.

A Spurs spokesman told Reuters: ‘We are not happy and we have contacted the FA.’

The first game that Paulinho will miss is Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United tomorrow evening and Michael Dawson has told the club’s website that he is dreaming of a repeat of last season’s result at Old Trafford, where Spurs pulled off one of the results of the season by defeating United 3-2.

Dawson said: ‘We go there full of confidence.

‘Last year we enjoyed our first win at Old Trafford in many years and hopefully we can do it again.’

Christian Eriksen is quoted in several sections of the press saying that Tottenham should play their normal, attacking style against the Champions.

Eriksen said: ‘I think we should go to United and just play like we did against Stoke.

‘We should just play free. We will still get space and just have to take our chances.

‘Of course United are a better team than Stoke and we have full respect for them, but I think we can get something from the game.’

Les Ferdinand has told TalkSport that young players will get a chance to play under new Head Coach Tim Sherwood, and that they are open to adding new players to the squad in the transfer window.

Ferdinand said: ‘[Nabil] Bentaleb came on against Southampton and we knew he wouldn’t let us down. But that’s because we know him and have worked with him for two or three years now.

‘For all of those boys in the development squad, they’re now looking at that and thinking they’ve got a serious chance of perhaps getting into this first-team.

‘We’ve got so many players in the squad at the moment, but if certain players become available who we think will benefit the squad and the club, then we’ll certainly look at them.’

On the transfer front, left-back is said to be a priority according to the Daily Telegraph, as Tim Sherwood is considering the possibility of recalling Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who is currently on loan with Championship side QPR.

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