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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will assess defender Danny Rose and midfielder Christian Eriksen over the weekend before deciding whether they should start against Liverpool on Sunday.

Rose and Eriksen returned from long lay-offs on Thursday against Anzhi Makhachkala, but Villas-Boas is wary of rushing them back into league action following their respective toe and ankle injuries.

Defender Jan Vertonghen is out with an ankle injury while centre-backs Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul are doubts.

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring strain and will miss Sunday’s match at Tottenham.

Defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva, dropped for last weekend’s 4-1 win at home to West Ham, is set to deputise for the England international.

Striker Daniel Sturridge and left-back Jose Enrique are still sidelined by injury but centre-back Daniel Agger returns after illness.

The stormy skies over Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas have cleared slightly over recent weeks.

But this is a big game for Villas-Boas to show his team really are on the right track towards the top four.

Jan Vertonghen’s absence is a big blow for Spurs, as they go up against the Premier League’s form man – Luis Suárez.

Having lost their last away trip to Hull, Liverpool must prove they can take their Anfield form on the road.

Stat of the game: Liverpool have 30 points, 11 more than they had at this stage last season.

Tottenham (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Lloris, Walker, Capoue, Dawson, Naughton; Dembélé, Paulinho; Lennon, Holtby, Townsend; Soldado.
Out: Vertonghen (ankle).
Tests: Rose, Eriksen (match fitness), Chiriches (knee), Kaboul (quad).

Liverpool (Possible, 4-1-4-1): Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan; Allen; Coutinho, Lucas, Henderson, Sterling; Suárez.
Out: Coates, Enrique (both knee), Gerrard (hamstring), Sturridge (ankle).

Referee: Jonathan Moss. Matches: 7, R1 Y30.

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