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#THFC team: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Bentaleb, Mason; Eriksen, Kane, Lamela; Soldado #COYS


#THFC subs: Vorm, Chiriches, Rose, Chadli, Dembele, Stambouli, Townsend. #COYS

Adebayor missing for Swansea clash

Emmanuel Adebayor will again be absent for Tottenham when they return to Premier League action at Swansea.

The Togo striker returned to Africa before Thursday's Europa League match against Besiktas due to personal reasons and is unavailable once more this weekend.

Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Christian Eriksen come back into contention after being rested for the trip to Turkey, while Kyle Naughton should be fit after a heel injury.

Eric Dier is also expected to be okay after a toe complaint ruled him out on Thursday, while Kyle Walker could make his Premier League comeback after coming through 75 minutes of the 1-0 defeat unscathed.

Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Dier, Rose, Davies, Fazio, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Stambouli, Dembele, Paulinho, Mason, Capoue, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Lennon, Townsend, Soldado, Kane


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Hoddle: Spurs need a 'special player'

Hoddle is now on QPR's coaching staff. Credit: PA

Glenn Hoddle feels Tottenham lack a special player and that they will struggle to make the top four unless the north London club can get one of their strikers firing.

Tottenham sit 10th in the Barclays Premier League after an inconsistent start to the season which has seen Mauricio Pochettino's side win as many games as they have lost in their first 15 matches.

Hoddle, who made 377 appearances for Spurs during a 12-year stay at White Hart Lane before managing the club between 2001-03, feels a few new players could lead to a decent run of form which could see them break into the top four.

He may want to bring in some fresh people. Whether Daniel (Levy, the chairman) is going to be up for that remains to be seen.

It is very difficult nowadays. There is a lack of world class strikers and midfield players which control the game, express themselves and that is what I think they miss. They have some good players but they don't have a special player.

– Former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle


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