Thursday brought a night of a good news for Tottenham as Andre Villas-Boas delivered a healthy-squad update while also reporting that Vlad Chiriches is set to debut after receiving his work permit.
Spurs easily disposed of Tromso 3-0 in the Europa League, but injuries threatened to spoil the evening as Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele and Younes Kaboul were all forced off.
Villas-Boas expects all three to be available for Sunday’s trip to Cardiff, although Danny Rose is the most doubtful of the trio, per the Daily Mirror:
Dembele should be okay. He felt a lot of pain when he was brought down, but now he's steady.
Younes felt muscle tightness in his adductor and we decided to take him off. He was struggling but he didn't rupture anything.
We have to be a little bit more careful with Danny Rose. We hope it's not serious. We have to give him one night to see the reaction of his ankle. He is in doubt for Sunday but he should be okay.
Rose’s affliction occurred in an innocuous first-half moment when he attempted to accelerate with the ball, only to then poke it out of play as his ankle failed him.
Dembele had required a stretcher, and Kaboul could not complete the final five minutes, so it will be a huge boost to Villas-Boas to have all three available for Cardiff.
Chiriches, the Romanian defender signed from Steaua Bucharest for a reported £8.5 million during the summer transfer window, should also be an option for the Spurs boss.
"I think [the paperwork] has arrived," Villas-Boas said, according to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star. "So hopefully everything can be concluded."
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The arrival of Chiriches will only add to a feel-good factor developing at White Hart Lane, where Villas-Boas’ new signings appear to be settling extremely quickly.
Christian Eriksen, who starred on debut against Norwich, netted a wonder goal in the 3-0 win over Tromso, while Erik Lamela brought his box of tricks to instantly wow his new supporters.
Other than the 1-0 North London derby defeat to Arsenal, Tottenham have made a strong start to the campaign and are currently a point off top spot, while qualification from the group stage of the Europa League already looks set to become a breeze.
The test of Cardiff, who have already beaten Manchester City, will further examine the Spurs’ true ambitions this season. Currently on nine points, Tottenham could find themselves five clear of either City or Manchester United by the end of the weekend.