According to Football London, Davinson Sanchez is not due to return back to Tottenham Hotspur training until Thursday, which makes Mauricio Pochettino’s decision over who to play at right-back even tougher.
Sanchez has spent the past fortnight away from Tottenham with Colombia, but the length of the flight back from South America means that he will have minimal training time before Spurs take on Crystal Palace.
The £40 million defender (London Evening Standard) struggled at right-back in Tottenham’s last game against Arsenal, and with only 48 hours to train before Pochettino’s side starting him there again may not be wise.
The problem for Pochettino is that his other options also look limited.
Serge Aurier has not played a game this season after being linked with a move away from Spurs for much of the summer so far.
Aurier may actually be the fittest and most comfortable right-back in Tottenham’s squad right now though.
Kyle Walker-Peters is set to make a return from injury, but he will only have had days in training before Palace and there are question marks over whether he will be able to last for 90 minutes.
Pochettino’s other options are Moussa Sissoko or Eric Dier, but the Spurs duo are more comfortable playing in midfield.
It leaves the Spurs boss with a real dilemma, and he needs to find the right solution.
Tottenham have not won since the opening day of the season, and if they fail to beat Palace then serious questions will start being asked about their top four credentials.
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