Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a double boost ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Sunday (2 October) with Danny Rose and Eric Dier taking part in training with the rest of the first-team squad on Thursday (29 September). The two have missed the last six and three games respectively due to injury but are likely to feature against Pep Guardiola's side.
Mauricio Pochettino had confirmed that they were close to full fitness ahead of their Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow, but the manager chose not to risk the duo for the trip to Russia. The English players are likely to return to the starting XI in place of Ben Davies and Erik Lamela for the crucial Premier League clash against the league leaders, with both teams looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
The return of the former Sporting Lisbon star is likely to see the Argentine manager return to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation after employing 4-1-4-1 and a 4-3-3 formations in recent games in the Premier League and Champions League. Dier will take his place alongside Victor Wanyama in midfield with Lamela making way.
Harry Kane is certain to miss the clash against City at White Hart Lane after damaging ankle ligaments during their win against Sunderland. The England international is expected to miss around six weeks, with a return being targeted for the north London derby against Arsenal. Moussa Sissoko is also a doubt for the game against the Etihad Stadium outfit after suffering a concussion during their game against Middlesbrough last weekend.
Harry Winks, meanwhile, has expressed his delight following his Champions League debut for Spurs in their game against CSKA on Tuesday (27 September). The 21-year-old midfielder, who has spent his entire career at White Hart Lane, also made his first start for Spurs earlier in the month in their League Cup clash against Gillingham.
"It's brilliant, the best moment ever, it's a dream come true and I loved every minute. For me, I just want more," Winks said, as quoted by the Spurs' official site.
"Every time I play it is a dream come true because I'm a Spurs fan as well, ever since I was five years old in the Academy all I wanted to do was play for Spurs and every appearance I get is a dream, it genuinely is, and I like to emphasise that."