Could injuries and suspensions be the only way Fazio will now start for Tottenham?

The Argentine centre-back's position at Tottenham Hotspur looks precarious given his lack of game-time and fellow defenders.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino’s team selection for this side’s Europa League clash with AS Monaco this week spoke volumes about his current defensive options.

In the past this competition would have seen Tottenham rotate a number of players – including their centre-backs – but this time first-choice duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both started, the latter for the second successive European match.

On the bench – as he was against FK Qarabag – was Federico Fazio, and with just one first-team appearance this season things are not looking good for the 28-year-old Argentine; especially when you consider his less than impressive performance in the League Cup against Arsenal.

In contrast, summer signing Kevin Wimmer has looked good in the limited chances he has had to date, and with the Austrian now on Tottenham’s books there is a strong chance Fazio may have already started his last game for Spurs.

That is a bold statement and there is a lot of football still to be played, but with Tottenham already eliminated from the League Cup and with silverware a realistic and important aim this season, there is a chance that only injuries or suspensions will see Fazio called on from the start.

Wimmer should now be Tottenham’s third-choice centre-back, and with Alderweireld and Vertonghen bringing their Premier League partnership into Europe, Fazio may have to move on if he wishes to be anything more than a rarely seen substitute.

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