Tottenham vs Middlesbrough lineups, team news and initial XI FA Cup

Tottenham has rested Toby Alderweireld for the replay of the third round of the FA Cup tonight against Middlesbrough, with the young Japhet Tanganga allowed another exit.

The 20-year-old made a surprise debut in the Premier League in the 1-0 loss to Liverpool, impressing the fugitive league leaders, and should intervene again tonight.

Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Tanguy Ndombele (hip), Harry Kane (hamstrings) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) are missing, which means that José Mourinho’s options are again limited.

Ryan Sessegnon has another opportunity from the start, while Giovani Lo Celso, who stood out in a 20-minute cameo against Liverpool, also starts, while the young left-back Dennis Cirkin has a place in the bank.

Mourinho confirmed that Christian Eriksen would play a role, and told reporters on Monday: “He plays tomorrow.

“After that I have a game on Saturday and he may play Saturday again.

“I can’t tell you much more than that.”

Middlesbrough does not have striker Britt Assombalonga after suffering a setback in training.

Assombalonga, who has not played since an ankle was injured against Charlton on December 7, was expected to join the team for the trip to the capital, but he was still struggling in training on Sunday and has stayed out of the group of travel.

Caregiver Darren Randolph, who underwent a medical examination in West Ham last week, is fit after a thigh injury but with his proposed transfer yet to be completed, he will not be listed. Tomas Mejias starts once more after playing in the first game.

Defender Daniel Ayala is expected to be out for two or three weeks with an ankle problem, while George Friend, Ryan Shotton and Anfernee Dijksteel are still out of play.

Tottenham alignment: Gazzaniga, Tanganga, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Dier, Winks, Lo Celso, Eriksen, Lamela, Lucas

Subs: Vorm, Foyth, Cirkin, Aurier, Skipp, Dele Alli, Son

Middlesbrough line: Mejias, Spence, Howson, McNair, Fry, Johnson, Clayton, Liddle, Wing, Nmecha, Fletcher

Subs: Brynn, Wood, Saville, Malley, Tavernier, Roberts, Gestede

List of Tottenham injuries: Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Tanguy Ndombele (hip), Harry Kane (hamstrings), Moussa Sissoko (knee).


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