Boost for Spurs as Chelsea and Arsenal both set to miss big names in derby matches

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Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a big boost ahead of their two upcoming London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal, with both clubs set to lose some big players to the African Cup of Nations.

Tottenham take on the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday before welcoming Thomas Tuchel’s men to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the second leg a week later.

However, with the African Cup of Nations starting this weekend, according to Inews, the Blues will be without first-choice goalkeeper Edward Mendy and winger Hakim Ziyech, who have been called up to the Senegal and Morocco squads respectively.

Spurs next return to Premier League action with a North London derby at home on Sunday, January 16, in a clash that could prove crucial in the race for a top-four finish.

Inews have revealed that Mikel Arteta could be without four of his players, with Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Nicholas Pepe heading to Cameroon to represent their country at AFCON.

Tottenham, in contrast, do not have a single player from their squad taking part in the tournament, which could work in their favour for the upcoming derbies.

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Hopefully, Spurs can take advantage of Chelsea’s and Arsenal’s situation to get wins under their belt. The results over the course of January would probably shape the reminder of Tottenham’s season, and the same is probably true with both Chelsea and Arsenal.

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