Tottenham v Leicester preview

Spurs take only a slender 1-0 lead to Sheffield United for Wednesday’s semi-final second leg so Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to keep his side fresh, though he would not be drawn on whether Emmanuel Adebayor would??retain his place as captain.

The Spurs boss will definitely be without Nacer Chadli, who is away on compassionate leave following a family bereavement, while Nabil Bentaleb – on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Algeria – will also miss the tie.

But Erik Lamela returns after missing the last six matches with a calf problem, Federico Fazio is fit after illness and Vlad Chiriches has recovered from a back injury.

Nigel Pearson could be a striker short for the trip to north London after Chris Wood picked up an ankle injury in training on Thursday.

Matty James serves the second of his three-game suspension following his dismissal against Aston Villa but midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Dean Hammond return to bolster the ranks.

Striker Andrej Kramaric, signed in January for ??9m, could make his first start having come on as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Stoke??last weekend, while former Chelsea keeper Mark Schwarzer could make his debut.??

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