Tottenham Hotspur are not the only side with injury problems after Eddie Howe revealed that Bournemouth also have a number of players either injured or doubtful for tomorrow’s match.
It has already been confirmed that Spurs will be without Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane for the trip to the south coast, while Jan Vertonghen is also likely to sit this one out after his head injury against Ajax (Spurs official).
Bournemouth have already secured their place in the Premier League for another season and are definitely without Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Charlie Daniels, Diego Rico, Andrew Surman and Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth Echo).
There are also doubts over the fitness of Dan Gosling, Dominic Solanke, Adam Smith and David Brooks. The latter was linked with a potential move to Spurs this summer after impressing during his first campaign with the Cherries (talkSPORT) but has since signed a new long-term deal with his current club (BBC).
Tottenham will be looking to take advantage of Howe’s injury crisis where a win could secure themselves a place in the top four and also build confidence ahead of Wednesday’s crunch Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax.
Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: “We have doubts over Dan Gosling, Dominic Solanke, Adam Smith, David Brooks, so we have stretched resources at the moment.
“But we are trying to look at that as a positive in the respect that we are giving the opportunities to players to see how they perform at this level.”
He added: “We are unsure who is going to be fit out of that group.”
The manager, however, is refusing to make excuses and wants his players to rise to the challenge of facing Spurs, he added: “Yes but you have to overcome that and it has been nothing new for us in the second half of the season.
“Since we picked up the long-term knee injuries, with Lewis Cook, Simon Francis, we have been stretched. We have never quite been able to readdress that balance and keep everyone fit.
“That has been one of the challenging parts of the season but let’s look at it as a positive and, hopefully, we go well.”
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