Spurs could protect Alli when Cherries visit capital

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (right) is caught by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka during the Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli (right) is caught by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka during the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium (pic: Nick Potts/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The England international came off at half time with a knock and may be rested against AFC Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino will probably look to protect the fitness of some of his players when AFC Bournemouth visit Wembley Stadium on Boxing Day.

Spurs put six past Everton on December 23 and have a quick turnaround for the visit of the Cherries on Wednesday.

Dele Alli came off in the 6-2 win after being caught by Jordan Pickford on the stroke of half time, but Pochettino insisted it was only a knock.

Therefore the playmaker could feature against Bournemouth, although he has started the club’s last five games, so will probably have to settle for a spot on the bench.

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Elsewhere, Moussa Sissoko is another who may well be among the replacements for this game given his involvement of late.

If the Frenchman is a substitute, it could open the door for Oliver Skipp to play from the off and attackers Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura will look to start too.

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Tottenham will definitely be without Mousa Dembele (ankle), Victor Wanyama (knee) and Eric Dier (appendix), however, but centre back Jan Vertonghen (thigh) is nearing a return along with right-back Serge Aurier (hamstring) and both will hope to feature soon.

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