Updates from Sunday, Jan. 19
Tottenham confirm Kyle Walker is available to play:
Team news: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Eriksen, Bentaleb, Dembele, Chadli, Lennon, Adebayor #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 19, 2014
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker was forced to exit the club's match with Crystal Palace on Jan. 11 shortly after halftime due to an apparent calf problem. He was replaced by Kyle Naughton.
Spurs passed along word of the switch just minutes after the second-half kick-off:
47 - Sub: Our first change - Naughton for limping Walker.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 11, 2014
Walker is enjoying a solid season for Tottenham, but was struggling on the right side of defense against the Eagles.
Perhaps the calf injury helps explain those woes. It's unclear how serious the ailment is, however.
The injury comes after the club's official site passed along comments from the defender, who urged his team to put together a strong performance to ensure all three points against Palace:
Crystal Palace are fighting to stay in the league and we’re fighting for the top four so we've both got something to play for.
We need to show a bit of character like we did at Manchester United and go and get the three points that we need.
While Walker struggled, the rest of the club apparently heeded his advice as Spurs netted two goals within 25 minutes of his exit to take control of the match.