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Spurs in injury crisis ahead of Benfica game

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Tottenham Hotspur go into Thursday's Europa League game against Benfica knowing they have a mountain to climb.

Tim Sherwood's side lost the first leg at White Hart Lane 3-1, and will need to score three goals at the least in Portugal if they are to progress. 

Their task is not made any easier by the fact they have no fit centre-backs. Michael Dawson (hamstring), Vlad Chiriches (back) and Younes Kaboul (unspecified) are injured, while Jan Vertonghen is suspended. 

A contender to fill in would have been the versatile Etienne Capoue, but he is also out with a foot injury, and Kyle Walker, a centre-back in his Sheffield United days, has a groin complaint, ruling him out of the trip.

The likelihood is that Spurs' line-up will be highly experimental and will not resemble a side capable of an upset in Lisbon.

Their defence will probably comprise of Kyle Naughton at right-back and Danny Rose on the left, with Sandro and Zeki Fryers filling in at centre-back. That leaves Paulinho and Nabil Bentaleb as holding midfielders, although there is a wealth of options in attacking midfield, with Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli all in contention.

Emmanuel Adebayor has recovered from his knock in the first leg and will lead the line with either 20-year-old Harry Kane or summer transfer flop Roberto Soldado.

"We've nothing to lose," a defiant Townsend said about Thursday's tie.

"We're two goals behind from the home leg, so we can go there, have a go and see what happens."

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