Under-strength Spurs face defensive problem for Chelsea clash

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino must decide who to deploy as a makeshift left-back for Saturday’s derby against Chelsea.

England’s Danny Rose is suspended for the game at Stamford Bridge, while Ben Davies is out injured.

It means central defenders Jan Vertonghen or Kevin Wimmer or right-back Kieran Trippier will be moved across to cover.

They are set to face an unenviable task in dealing with Victor Moses, who has been a revelation as a right wing-back for Chelsea.

Pochettino, who is also without key centre-back Toby Alderweireld, said: “Ben is still out; he is injured and Danny Rose is suspended.

“We played against Sunderland with Jan Vertonghen at full-back or we can play with Kieran Trippier on the left or we can play with Kevin Wimmer. We have different options to play.”

Chelsea go into the derby in fantastic form – top of the Premier League and having won six consecutive league matches without conceding a goal.

“It’s a good challenge for us. They are in very good form, they have a great manager that I know very well and they have great players too,” Pochettino said.

“I think, not only in England but in Europe, they are a team on form today.”