Tottenham in line for triple injury boost ahead of crunch North London derby with Arsenal with Yves Bissouma returning | The Sun
TOTTENHAM are hoping for a triple injury boost ahead of Sunday's North London derby.
Antonio Conte's side will take on Mikel Arteta's league leaders hoping to derail their title charge, while strengthening their own top four bid in the process.
Spurs beat League One Portsmouth 1-0 on Saturday without a host of key players.
Yves Bissouma had been due to start alongside Pape Matar Sarr, but was replaced by Oliver Skipp after sustaining an injury in the warm-up.
Despite his issue, the Malian is expected to be available on Sunday.
Bissouma's fellow midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has been out of action since tearing his abductor muscle playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.
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Spurs remain hopeful that the 25-year-old could play a part against Arsenal this weekend, having missed matches against Brentford, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Pompey.
Vital winger Dejan Kulusevski has been absent since the 2-2 draw with Brentford on Boxing Day.
The Swede has endured an injury-ravaged campaign, but is expected to be able to return against the Gunners.
Bryan Gil has deputised for Kulusevski in Spurs' last three matches, earning the player of the match award against Portsmouth.
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Spurs will likely remain without Lucas Moura for the foreseeable future, with the Brazilian having been hampered by a calf injury for much of the campaign.
Richarlison, meanwhile, is closer to a return than Lucas, but less likely to feature this weekend than Bissouma, Bentancur and Kulusevski.
The forward has been out of action since injuring his hamstring on Brazil duty at the World Cup.
Tottenham will be desperate to put a dent in Arsenal's title hopes, with the Gunners currently five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Prem.
Spurs were well beaten 3-1 at the Emirates earlier this season, but have won their last three home matches against Arsenal in a row.
These triumphs include last year's 3-0 thumping, which helped them book their Champions League spot at the Gunners' expense.
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