Ryan Mason has a couple of injury doubts ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s crunch Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Tottenham can secure a seventh-placed finish if they beat Dean Smith’s side and with it qualify for some sort of European football next season.
Mason admitted on Tuesday that Ben Davies remains out, Serge Aurier is back in full training but that “there’s a couple of question marks from the game at the weekend so we’re going to have to assess them in the morning and see how they’re feeling”.
Mason revealed to football.london that one of those question marks is Gareth Bale, who has had some issues this season in starting games in quick succession.
“I am not sure. Gareth was probably the best I have seen him all season at the weekend,” said Mason. “He was sharp, he was running at players, he has that confidence back of playing in repetitive games and he feels confident in his body. He also knows his body. He is a question mark for tomorrow.
“We are not sure whether or not he is going to be ready. It is down to the player, he is experienced enough. We’ll see.
“Like it was with Serge, if a player doesn’t feel 100 per cent, I don’t feel confident enough, we have enough players ready, enough players competing, that want to play. If a player doesn’t feel 100 per cent and it is not right then he won’t play.”
Ordinarily, Ryan Mason would not want to change up a winning team after the victory against Wolves, but having just two days between matches might alter those plans.
A decision will have to be made about Bale and whether the 31-year-old starts or whether Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or Erik Lamela get a chance to impress.
Japhet Tanganga could keep his spot despite Aurier’s return after an impressive display against Wolves.
While many Tottenham fans would like to see Joe Rodon and Tanguy Ndombele involved, it’s more likely the Frenchman might come in if Mason feels some fresh legs are needed in the centre of the pitch.
Here is the team we reckon Mason will go with:
4-2-3-1: Lloris; Tanganga, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, Hojbjerg; Lucas, Dele, Son; Kane.
Source by Football London