Spurs look to keep up strong record over newly promoted clubs
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Dele Alli should return for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tottenham Hotspur will assess Dele Alli ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
The former MK Dons playmaker suffered a slight hamstring issue during the 6-2 victory at Everton on Sunday.
It saw Alli miss the 5-0 thrashing of AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day, but he should be back for this weekend’s fixture at Wembley Stadium.
Elsewhere, Serge Aurier has returned to training after a recent groin issue, but midfielder Mousa Dembele remains in the final stages of rehab following a trouble ankle problem.
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Utility man Eric Dier is continuing to recover following appendicitis and Jan Vertonghen (thigh) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are commencing on-field rehab.
Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Kieran Trippier, Oliver Skipp and Erik Lamela were all on the bench against Bournemouth, but they may earn starting roles for the visit of newly promoted Wolves.
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Mauricio Pochettino has a fine record against newly promoted clubs and has already secured a win over Nuno Santo’s side this season.
Tottenham visited Molineux Stadium on November 3 and the clubs produced a cracking game in a 7.45pm encounter which saw five goals scored.
Spurs raced into a three-goal lead thanks to efforts from Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane, but Wolves came roaring back.
Penalties from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez during the final 22 minutes set up a nervy finale in the Midlands, but Pochettino’s side held on for a fine 3-2 win.
The N17 club will now hope to complete a double over Wolves on Saturday, but in less dramatic circumstances this time.
Tottenham will play before Liverpool host Arsenal in a 5.30pm kick-off, so could move to within three points of the leaders.
Heung-min Son can expect to feature and will aim to make the most of his time at Spurs before he links up with South Korea in January.
The AFC Asian Cup starts early in 2019 and runs from January 5 until February 1 and Son will aim to fire his country to glory.
However, Spurs have managed to strike up a deal with South Korea which keeps Son at the club until after the Manchester United game on January 13.
If Son and South Korea make it all the way to the final in United Arab Emirates, he could miss up to four matches for Tottenham in various different competitions.