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Left-back Danny Rose is likely to make his return from a toe injury for Tottenham.

Defender Younes Kaboul is doubtful, but midfielder Étienne Capoue remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Spurs will give winger Aaron Lennon a fitness test while striker Emmanuel Adebayor is out through illness.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will wait to determine whether midfielder Ramires is fit to face Spurs.

The Brazilian suffered a hip injury in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup win at Swindon and was taken off at half-time, but Jose Mourinho hopes to include him in a much-changed line-up at White Hart Lane.

Ramires had replaced Marco van Ginkel, who is out for six months after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The pre-match handshake between managers could be interesting following Andre Villas-Boas’ admission than he is no longer friends with his former boss Jose Mourinho.

Spurs have started marginally better than Chelsea and have developed a habit of keeping clean sheets; they have gone 445 minutes since the opposition last scored at White Hart Lane.

But given the visitors’ good record in this fixture it is hard to see beyond a high-tempo draw.

Stat of the game: No team in Europe’s top five leagues has conceded fewer goals than Spurs (1) this season.

Tottenham (Possible, 4-2-3-1):Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembélé, Paulinho; Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado.
Out: Capoue (ankle), Adebayor (illness).
Tests: Kaboul (abductor), Lennon (foot).

Chelsea (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Cech; Ivanovic. Cahill, Terry, Cole; Schürrle, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard; Oscar; Eto’o.
Out: Kalas (leg), Van Ginkel (knee).
Test: Ramires (hip).

Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 3. R0 Y14.

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