Earlier today, we covered the news that Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt for Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace but one player who’s definitely expected to return against the Eagles is full-back Kyle Walker-Peters.
The 22-year-old had been unavailable for selection against North London rivals Arsenal after suffering a hamstring injury in the first-half of Spurs’ home defeat to Newcastle but following a two-week break for international football, reports suggest he’ll come back into contention for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.
Whilst some on the outside looking in may be a tad surprised, it seems highly likely that Walker-Peters would be thrown straight back into the firing line if deemed fit by Tottenham’s medical staff. For all their success over the last couple of years, right-back is a position they’ve struggled with mightily already this term. Following Walker-Peters’ fitness issues, Pochettino went with Davinson Sanchez on the right side of defence against the Gunners but was forced to watch him struggle throughout and with Serge Aurier seemingly out of favour with his Argentine gaffer, Walker-Peters’ return can’t come soon enough.
On paper, pundits and supporters alike will probably see Tottenham at home to Palace as a solid victory for the hosts but after back-to-back Premier League victories away to Manchester United and at home to Aston Villa for Roy Hodgson’s boys, not to mention the difficulty Spurs had in breaking down a stoic Newcastle in their last outing at the new White Hart Lane, the Eagles will likely fancy their chances of pulling off another upset.