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Nov 1, 2013

Andros Townsend to play with cast

Andros Townsend will play with a splint on his injured wrist when Tottenham Hotspur play Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Andros Townsend will be available to face Everton despite the injury.
Andros Townsend will be available to face Everton despite the injury.

Crace: Tactical curiosities

It was feared that Townsend suffered serious injuries as he tumbled into a photographers’ pit at during the Capital One Cup victory against Hull City on Wednesday night, but he will be fit to take to the field with a protective cast on his arm.

Townsend’s availability is a boost to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who accepts his side’s title credentials will be given a severe test when they take on Roberto Martinez’s in-form side.

“Everton have had a great start, no different to last season,” Villas-Boas said. “What is more significant is there was a managerial change and, whilst they are adapting, they are getting the results as well.

“They are within the teams that are competing for the top four spot and have started very, very well. They have a great manager who likes to play football and likes to attack. He has introduced his ideas straight away and the players are bonding to it, so we have seen them getting great results and playing good football. This should be an entertaining match.”

Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park last season was among the more painful of their campaign, as they conceded two last-minute goals, but Villas-Boas was keen to avoid too much reflection on that result and instead looked to accentuate the positives in his team’s progress.

“We spoke about that [Everton] result more than the home defeats against Fulham and Wigan as a decisive factor in missing out on Champions League,” he said. “It served as a lesson to us and it is something we hope not to see again.

“This is a new season and there have been lots of changes and we are trying to work with the players who have come and the players who have stayed. Obviously, they have to get to know each other, but we believe we are achieving it all quite fast.

“We are achieving results in between and have had one of the best starts this club have ever had. Also, we look strong. We have one of the best defensive records in Europe, but we know that everything can change really dramatically.

“I feel the team are bonding and adapting well when you consider we have so many new arrivals. We are on the right path. I’m especially satisfied with the great team spirit we have.”

Villas-Boas also spoke of his delight that the club had tied full-back Kyle Walker down to a new contract.

“It was extremely important for us to get Kyle to sign the new deal,” he said. “He is a player who can generate interest from other teams, but he loves to play for Tottenham and it was great, great news for us to manage that extension. He doesn’t want to play for anyone else.”

Winger Nacer Chadli is a doubt for Sunday’s trip to Everton with a hamstring injury, while defender Kyle Naughton is nursing a leg injury from Wednesday night’s victory over Hull.

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