Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is likely to make a raft of changes to his side following a busy festive period, but insists he will respect the competition despite the focus being on the league.
“It’s not a distraction, the FA Cup is the oldest competition in the world. We respect the competition a lot,” Pochettino said.
“We have a strong squad. It’s true we come off a very busy period in Christmas.
“But it’s a good opportunity, maybe for some players who cannot play consistently play in the Premier League, to show their quality and fight for their place in the team.”
Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele will both miss the match with ankle injuries while Clinton Njie is out with a knee problem.
Alex Pritchard is close to resuming first team training after four months out with an ankle injury but the winger is still some way short of match fitness.
Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Walker, Rose, Trippier, Davies, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Carter-Vickers, Fazio, Winks, Dier, Alli, Carroll, Bentaleb, Townsend, Eriksen, Onomah, Chadli, Lamela, Son, Kane.
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