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Tottenham Hotspur team news v Sheriff Tiraspol

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AVB has a big squad of players to rotate for Europa League clashes. (©GettyImages)
AVB has a big squad of players to rotate for Europa League clashes. (©GettyImages).

Andre Villas-Boas has selected Hugo Lloris in his squad for Spurs' Europa League tie against Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday evening, according to The Mirror.

The French international goalkeeper was knocked unconscious after he clashed with Romelu Lukaku in the 0-0 draw with Everton on Sunday, although he controversially returned to the pitch to complete the final 12 minutes of the game.

As a result, Spurs, their medical staff and Villas-Boas have all been criticised for allowing the Frenchman to continue, although the Portuguese coach has subsequently defended his decision.

Villas-Boas says he will decide whether Lloris or verteran keeper Brad Friedel will start the Europa League Group K clash tonight, but that the decision will only be made public when the team-sheets are handed in an hour before the game at White Hart Lane.

Friedel recently saved two penalties in Spurs' shootout victory against Hull City in the Capital One Cup, sending them through to the next round and proving he is still playing to the best of his ability.

Four players will miss the game against Sheriff at however. Danny Rose (toe) and Zeki Fryers (groin) are out of contention at the back, whilst midfielder Sandro (hamstring) will also miss out.

Villas-Boas has also said striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not feature, meaning the Togolese international will continue to wait for his first appearance of the season.

Spurs' provisional squad is as follows: Lloris, Friedel, Walker, Naughton, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dembele, Holtby, Lennon, Lamela, Eriksen, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb, Chadli, Defoe, Soldado, Kane.

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