Lloris dropped for Newcastle game after last week's head injury

Hugo Lloris was again missing from the Tottenham squad after being knocked unconscious at Everton last weekend as manager Andre Villas-Boas made five changes to his side for the visit of Newcastle.

Lloris dropped for Newcastle game after last week's head injury

Hugo Lloris was again missing from the Tottenham squad after being knocked unconscious at Everton last weekend as manager Andre Villas-Boas made five changes to his side for the visit of Newcastle.

The France captain controversially played on at Goodison Park after a collision with Romelu Lukaku, a decision for which Spurs and Villas-Boas in particular were heavily criticised.

He was rested for Thursday’s Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol, with Villas-Boas claiming afterwards that he would return for the Barclays Premier League clash against the Magpies.

But he was not named in the matchday squad as Brad Friedel once again deputised and Heurelho Gomes was named as the substitute goalkeeper.

Jermain Defoe was also dropped to the bench despite becoming the club’s all-time leading European goalscorer with a penalty against Sheriff. Roberto Soldado started in his place while Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho and Andros Townsend also returned for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew named the same starting XI which recorded a 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend.

Spurs: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado.

Subs: Gomes, Kaboul, Lennon, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Sandro.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye, Remy, Sissoko, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: Coloccini, Anita, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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