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Lloris left out of Spurs squad as Defoe drops to bench
Record-breaker Jermain Defoe has been left out of Tottenham's starting XI to face Newcastle at White Hart Lane this afternoon.
Defoe became the club's all-time leading scorer in European competition in midweek, but is replaced by Roberto Soldado in the starting line-up.
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris does not even feature as a substitute, following his concussion against Everton last Sunday. Brad Friedel continues in his place.
Tottenham, via their official Twitter account, confirmed that Lloris had been left out on medical advice.
Head of Medical Services Wayne Diesel has provided us an update on goalkeeper Hugo Lloris... #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 10, 2013
Diesel: 'We've continued to monitor Hugo all week & after discussions, Andre & the medical department have agreed...'— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 10, 2013
Diesel: 'to afford the player a couple more days rest. Hugo is naturally disappointed as he was keen to return to action however...'— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 10, 2013
Diesel: '...we feel this decision is in the players best interest' #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 10, 2013
Newcastle continue with the same starting XI that defeated Chelsea last time out, with goalscorers Yohann Gouffran and Loic Remy both included.
Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson, Chiriches; Paulinho, Dembele, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado
Substitutes: Gomes, Kaboul, Lennon, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Sandro
Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy.
Substitutes: Elliot, Coloccini, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse
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