Tottenham Hotspur will be without Andros Townsend for the Premier League visit to unbeaten Leicester City after he suffered an ankle problem. Townsend has not played any football since England's European Championship qualifiers win over Slovenia in June.
Townsend has been absent from Spurs' match day squads against Manchester United and Stoke City with a shoulder problem, but having fully recovered from the original injury the 24 year old has picked up a new issue. The former Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers loanee did not feature for the North Londoners during their pre-season tour of the United States.
"Andros's shoulder is okay but he now has a minor problem in his ankle," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told a pre-match press conference ahead of the game at the King Power Stadium, according to the club's official website. Townsend's absence comes after Ryan Mason and Harry Kane were substituted during the 2-2 draw with Stoke City.
Last season's top scorer Kane lasted 52 minutes at White Hart Lane and was later spotted with ice on his ankle. Mason meanwhile was replaced by Nabil Bentaleb after 69 minutes on his first start of the season for Tottenham, as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
The withdrawal of both players coincided with Stoke staging a second-half comeback, as they recovered from two goals down to grab their first point of the season and deny Tottenham their maiden win of the campaign. Pochettino will be hoping to grab that first victory but is wary of the threat posed by Claudio Ranieri's Foxes.
"They've started very well," he added, according to Goal.com. "I think they played very well last season, they signed some very good players, got good organisation. Ranieri has a lot of experience in football and they've started the season very well. We expect a very tough game against Leicester."
He added: "The Premier League is very long and we need to keep the same level," he added. "We need to improve in areas like the defence and we need to be more consistent.
"I think everyone says that we need an offensive player but we need to be more consistent because we conceded a lot of goals last season and scoring wasn't our problem. The problem was that we concede a lot of goals and that's something that we need to improve this season."