Spurs defender ineligible for Carabao Cup clash against Stoke City

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur’s season has taken a dramatic turn for the worse over the past week, with the club managing just one point in their last three Premier League games against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Leicester City.

The results have cast doubt on Spurs’ ability to contest for the Premier League title this season among some in the media (talkSPORT).

On the back of recent results, the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Stoke City on Wednesday has taken up more significance as not only does it represent an opportunity for Jose Mourinho’s side to bounce back to winning ways but the competition also arguably represents their most realistic chance of lifting silverware this season.

Given the importance of the game and how well Stoke are doing in the Championship, it would be expected Mourinho to play a strong team, even though there could be some squad rotation given the upcoming hectic festive fixture list.

One man who will not be eligible to feature is Joe Rodon since the central defender played for Swansea City in their 2-0 first round defeat to Newport County back in September.

Rodon is subsequently cup-tied for Wednesday’s clash, and with Japhet Tanganga also nursing an injury, it looks unlikely that Mourinho is limited in the changes he can make at the back.

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Rodon has been extremely unlucky with how little game time he has had since arriving at Spurs due to his unavailability in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup. An away trip to Stoke seems like the perfect game for the young defender given his experience in the Championship.

Despite his lack of game time, it is clear that Rodon has made an impression on Mourinho and his coaching staff, seeing as he has seemingly moved ahead of Davinson Sanchez in the pecking order. I expect him to get plenty of game time in the Europa League in the second half of the campaign.

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