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Postecoglou admits one Tottenham ace could miss a game for first time this term

Tottenham Hotspur will ‘assess’ Destiny Udogie’s fitness before this weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace as the Italy international risks missing a Premier League fixture for the first time under Ange Postecoglou.

One of the revelations of the new campaign, say what you want about Fabio Paratici’s time at Tottenham Hotspur, the £17 million acquisition of Destiny Udogie is looking more and more like a stroke of genuine genius.

The former Udinese flyer has been one of the first names on Ange Postecoglou’s team sheet, helping unbeaten, top-of-the-table Spurs record their best-ever start to a Premier League season. But, after suffering an injury in Monday’s 2-0 London derby victory over Fulham, there remains a chance that Postecoglou will be without his all-action left-back for the first time when Crystal Palace arrive in the north of the city on Friday night.

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Tottenham Hotsur face Crystal Palace test

“Destiny we’re still going to assess,” the former Celtic boss tells Football London. “Everyone else has come through (training) fine.”

Udogie, who caught the eye for Italy against England during the October international break, was subbed off just before the hour against Fulham. Pape Matar Sarr lasted only a few more minutes at Craven Cottage. But Postecoglou insists that the 21-year-old will be fit to feature against Roy Hodgson’s Palace side.

“Pape is fine,” the manager adds. “He kind of bounced back 24 hours after the game.”

Ben Davies back fit

Should Udogie miss out, Ben Davies may be expected to step into the breach. The experienced Welshman is back fit after picking up a ‘nasty’ knock in training.

“Yeah, (Davies) is fine. He got a knock the day before training. It is fair to say our training at times teeters on the edge. And, unfortunately, he copped a nasty one in training,” Postecoglou adds.

“Just a knock. But it was the day before the game, so it kept him out. He has training and is fine and ready to go.”

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