Destiny Udogie faces a race against time to feature for Tottenham in tonight’s clash with Crystal Palace, live on talkSPORT.
The Italian defender was withdrawn after 55 minutes during Spurs’ 2-0 win over Fulham on Monday after complaining of tightness.
Udogie has proved a firm favourite of Ange Postecoglou and has so far played in every one of Spurs‘ Premier League matches this season.
But the four-day turnaround between the club’s games has meant Udogie may be sidelined for tonight’s clash.
Is Destiny Udogie fit to play for Tottenham?
Udogie looks set to pass a late fitness test to face Palace.
The 20-year-old, who made his senior Italy bow during the recent international break, has proved a mainstay of Spurs’ team.
Udogie’s raw pace and link-up play with James Maddison has made him an integral part of Postecoglou’s new-look backline.
Postecoglou withdrew Udogie early against Fulham to give him every chance at featuring against Palace.
“The two main ones from the other night are Pape [Sarr] and Destiny,” Postecoglou said Thursday. “Pape is fine, he bounced back sort of 24 hours after the game. He had a bit of an illness but has trained well. Destiny we are still going to assess.
“Obviously it is a short turnaround from the other night. We’ll have a look today, see how things go and make a decision after that. Everyone else has come through fine and is available.”
Tottenham’s lack of European football means that the club have a full 10 days’ rest before they are next in action against Chelsea.
This would suggest Udogie is likely to be risked, but Emerson Royal is the obvious alternative should the former be rested.
The Brazilian is bidding to make only his second Premier League start of the season given he was brought on to replace Udogie on Monday.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Friday, October 27 and kick-off at Selhurst Park is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Hugh Woozencroft.
Commentary will come from Sam Matterface and former England defender Stuart Pearce.