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Could Nkoudou start FA Cup clash away to Palace?

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 January 2019

Tottenham Hotspur's Georges-Kevin NKoudou during a training session at Hotspur Way (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur's Georges-Kevin NKoudou during a training session at Hotspur Way (pic: Adam Davy/PA Images).

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The one-time France under-21 international has struggled to catch the eye since he moved to Spurs in 2016

Mauricio Pochettino will try to pick up his Tottenham Hotspur players ahead of yet another important fixture on Sunday.

Spurs travel to Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup looking to get back on track after a painful 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night.

The Lilywhites missed out on a place in the League Cup final following a shoot-out loss at Stamford Bridge after the semi-final ended level on aggregate.

With one potential trophy now gone, Tottenham’s best possible chance of winning silverware lies with the FA Cup and it makes the trip to Selhurst Park important.

Given it occurs merely days after such a taxing encounter with the Blues, Pochettino may decide to make some changes to his starting XI.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli remain injured and Heung-min Son won’t feature, so the Spurs manager has few alternatives in attack.

It could see previously forgotten man Georges-Kevin Nkoudou earn a rare starting role if some of Tottenham’s attackers are not 100 per cent fit to play.

Moussa Sissoko was forced off with a knee issue and may be replaced by his fellow Frenchman at Palace.

Speaking after Sunday’s 2-1 win at Fulham, where Nkoudou set up the winning goal, Pochettino said: “You know at the moment we struggle with players we have injured.

“And of course he (Nkoudou) has the possibility to play. If we see the fixtures that we have ahead, I think we need him and all the players we had.

“He’s disappointed because he didn’t play too much until now, but now is like the possibility he showed with this type of performance. I think the cross was perfect and he will have the possibility to play.”

Elsewhere, left-back Ben Davies is struggling with a groin problem and won’t be fit to take on Roy Hodgson’s team, which will include ex-Tottenham academy graduate Andros Towsend.

This could see Kyle Walker-Peters get another start, give Danny Rose was struggling in the final stages of the semi-final second leg with Chelsea, as Spurs desperately seek a pick-me-up.


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