Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Fitness updates; Eric Dier on facing Aston Villa

Hugo Lloris

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Friday evening.

Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker are both out of this weekend's game against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane, the London Evening Standard reports.

Lloris injured his knee in the win over Leicester City prior to the international break, while Walker hobbled off in last week's 0-0 draw against Burnley with a foot complaint.

The Standard also reports that Jan Vertonghen is a doubt because of illness, meaning Mauricio Pochettino could have a makeshift back line.

One man likely to start at the heart of the defence is Eric Dier, and he has told the Tottenham website about the difficulty of facing sides scrapping towards the bottom, like Aston Villa are, as well as his determination to help the side finish strongly.

He said: “The Villa players will be battling for everything and the most important thing on Saturday is that we match them for desire and effort and then play our own football to try to win the game.

“We want to get the victory and then we’ll just look to keep working hard for the remaining few games of the campaign and see where it takes us.

“This is the Premier League, things can change very quickly and if we can get on a winning run, who knows what might happen?”

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Tim Sherwood deserves a good reception for the work he did at White Hart Lane, the Daily Mirror reports.

Sherwood was in charge for just the second half of last season at Spurs and returns to the club as Aston Villa boss. During his time in north London he gave first team opportunities to the likes of Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane, who have both been shining this season.

The current Tottenham Head Coach, said: “I expect he will get a good reception because of all the work he did here to develop young talent. I hope he gets a very good reception because he deserves it.

“He deserves credit for the work he did with Les Ferdinand, Chris Ramsey and staff at the academy to bring young players through to the first team. This is the reality and people like Tim deserve some credit.”

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