Villas-boas opens Daws for outcast Michael
CARLISLE v TOTTENHAM
ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS is ready to hand Michael Dawson his first start of the season at Brunton Park – but Hugo Lloris is set to miss out again.
France keeper Lloris is among the high-profile players AVB is considering to rest, with Gareth Bale also having a breather as he’s struggling with illness.
But Dawson will lead the team out despite the fact Villas-Boas wanted to sell him to QPR this summer.
Spurs assistant boss Steffen Freund has backed the defender to seize his opportunity.
“It is difficult for him, he is captain of the club and there was an offer from QPR,” said the German. “We are always positive and talked about it openly.
“It’s great to see how you react. He likes to play for Tottenham and he realises he is not playing, but that can change.
“A club like Tottenham has a lot of opportunities and I think that is what Andre said at the start of the season.”
Freund added: “We have seven injured players and a very important game on Saturday away at Manchester United.
“We have to handle the whole situation – especially with the international break.”
New boy Kallum Higginbotham admitted he’s desperate to replace Joe Garner in the Carlisle side – and have a crack at Spurs.
With Garner cup-tied, the loan signing from Huddersfield is in the frame for his first Blues start.
And the 23-year-old said the prospect of facing Tottenham is mouth-watering.
“If Brunton Park is packed it will be a special occasion and with Joe unable to play there’s a chance that I can start the game,” Higginbotham said.
“Playing in the big games, with the fans making all the noise, is what all players dream about. Hopefully I can start and show the gaffer what I can do.”
CUP CHANCE: Dawson