Vil­las-boas opens Daws for out­cast Michael


Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY SEPT 27 -

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.”


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