Dele Alli is back on the bench for Tottenham at Crystal Palace this afternoon in what could be Jan Vertonghen’s last game for the club.
Alli has missed the last five games with hamstring strain, but he’s been training this week and is expected to play at Selhurst Park at some point on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho has remained tight-lipped on Vertonghen’s future after the Belgian, 33, agreed to end the season after his contract ended in June, but there has been no discussion of a long-term deal and he is expected to leave the club after eight years in the summer.
Mourinho is unlikely to change a winning team after naming the same XI for impressive wins over Arsenal, Newcastle and Leicester, so Vertonghen has to settle for a place on the bench, while Eric Dier starts following a ‘a four-match ban, freshly signed. a new contract.
The only absent from Spurs is Tanguy Ndombele, who has hamstring strain, while Michel Vorm is also expected to leave the club for the second time after the game.
The London rivals are at opposite ends of the form table, with Palace losing their last seven games and Spurs undefeated in five from a 3-1 loss to Sheffield United.
The visitors start the weekend in seventh and they’ll need a favor from rivals Chelsea to secure Europa League football for next season.
If Spurs beat Palace, they will move Wolves to sixth place if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side fail to beat the Blues, while seventh will be enough for a Europa League spot if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA final. Cup.
Tottenham are guaranteed to finish above their neighbors in north London for the fourth consecutive season, but if they remain seventh they could still face the unwelcome scenario of being denied a lucrative European place by their rivals winning the FA Cup.