Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott notably absent from Tottenham U23s' fixture

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 23, 2019 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are without three of their key attacking players against Chelsea.

Kazaiah Sterling of Tottenham arrives during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on January 20, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur during the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park on January 17, 2019 in Borehamwood, England.

The young Tottenham Hotspur forwards, Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott, could be named in Mauricio Pochettino's squad to face Chelsea on Thursday.

Both players were notably absent from the Tottenham Under-23 side to face Athletic Bilbao this evening.

And given that Spurs are without Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli for the League Cup semi-final second-leg tie at Stamford Bridge, their omissions appear to be connected.

Sterling was on the bench for Tottenham's 2-1 win at Fulham on Sunday, with Parrott part of the travelling squad.

 

And Alli's sudden unavailability could see the latter promoted to Pochettino's 18.

Sterling has only played two minutes of senior football for Tottenham, making his one and only appearance against APOEL Nicosia in December 2017.

Parrott, however, has yet to even make the bench - although he is little more than three years younger than his teammate, who turned 20 last November.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

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