Ange Postecoglou has four Tottenham players who can replace Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven


Ange Postecoglou has somewhat of a dilemma on his hands ahead of Tottenham's next fixture against Wolves. Spurs lost 4-1 against Chelsea on Monday night but the game came at a cost for the Lilywhites.

Cristian Romero was sent off and will now miss the next three games, Destiny Udogie picked up a second yellow card in the second half so will be unavailable for Wolves while Micky van de Ven limped off after pulling his hamstring. James Maddison also left the pitch in the first half after appearing to injure his ankle.

Tottenham finished the game at Stamford Bridge with a makeshift back four of Pedro Porro, Eric Dier, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Emerson Royal. With Romero, Udogie and Van de Ven all unavailable for Saturday's Premier League clash at Molineux Stadium, it will be intriguing to see what side Postecoglou picks.

Asked about the injuries picked up by Maddison and Van de Ven, the former Celtic boss said after the game: "It's too early but looking at Micky you're thinking it's a pretty significant one so you'd assume he'll be out for a little while. Madders got a knock on the ankle and we'll just have to assess him and see how it is."

On Romero's red card, the Australian added: "He's a physical guy. It's a part of his strengths and today it was deemed he went too far and we've just got to cop it."

So, with Udogie suspended for the next fixture and Romero and Van de Ven missing for the next few weeks at least, Postecoglou will be forced to call on those who have not featured very much for Spurs this season. One player who could come in is Eric Dier.

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The centre-back came off the bench against Chelsea and performed admirably given it was his first minutes of the season. Now seemingly set for key role as part of Spurs' backline, the 29-year-old will want to take his chance and show his manager he still has the quality to compete at the highest level.

Ben Davies is another option to play at centre-back or at left back in place of Udogie, if he is fit. The Welshman was not part of the Spurs squad on Monday night after coming off against Crystal Palace at half-time.

"Benny Davies, who came off at half-time, still has a bit of an ankle problem and hasn’t trained with the team yet so he's touch and go," Postecoglou said before the Chelsea match. If Davies is not fit enough for the Wolves clash, one other option for the Spurs boss at centre-back is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Hojbjerg partnered Dier at the heart of defence following Romero's red card and Van de Ven's injury. While naturally a midfielder, the Dane performed well at centre-back and could well be asked to perform the role again against Wolves.

With Emerson Royal the most likely candidate to replace Udogie at left-back, one player who could come in alongside him is Ashley Phillips. Phillips, who was not in the matchday squad against Chelsea, joined Spurs from Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the summer.

The 18-year-old signed, who signed a five-year contract with the club in a move that cost Spurs in the region of £2million, has yet to make his Tottenham debut but regularly trains with the first team. Dejan Kulusevski has even backed the youngster should he be called upon at the weekend.

"Yeah probably he is ready," explained the Swede. "It is the coach that decides that, but I think every player is unbelievable in the training. Everybody is ready, everybody wants to play and it is so high level the training. So, if he will be called, he will be ready."

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