Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino admitted Spurs have missed Victor Wanyama this season because the midfielder nears a return.
Spurs have been with out Wanyama since their 2-1 loss to Premier League champions Chelsea in August – the Kenyan aggravating a knee harm.
Whereas Saturday’s conflict in opposition to sixth-placed Burnley will come too quickly for Wanyama, Pochettino is hopeful the 26-year-old can play an necessary function over the festive interval.
“We need to see how he reacts, his knee,” mentioned Pochettino, whose Tottenham are seventh and some extent behind Burnley.
“Nevertheless it’s an excellent feeling from him. We are going to see when he may be concerned once more. Final season, he was such an necessary participant for us.
“And this season, it’s true. Able that you must be robust, we now have missed a participant like him.
“It will be fantastic if, as soon as possible, he can be again involved and available to be selected because he is a very good player; a very important player for us.”
Tottenham assistant Jesus Perez added: “Throughout pre-season, on the identical day, he had two incidents. And he carried on coaching.
“Then, we went to America and he performed some minutes in opposition to PSG [in a friendly] after which we protected him till the second recreation of the season in opposition to Chelsea.
“And he had a foul response from that recreation. We tried all of the conservative measures to keep away from something main [such as an operation] and, up to now, it has labored nicely.
“And he has reacted very well to the last couple of training sessions.”