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    Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham EFL Cup Preview: White Hart Lane’s final cup campaign begins

    By Alex Easley 
    Vincent Janssen is set to replace the injured Harry Kane for Tottenham against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
    Striker Harry Kane will miss Tottenham’s EFL Cup third round game with Gillingham after suffering damaged ligaments in his right ankle.

    Kane’s injury will mean Vincent Janssen should start up top at White Hart Lane and Danny Rose is still out as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

    Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said in his pre-match press conference: “It’s a very important game for us. I think that we cannot start to talk about whether we will take the game and the competition seriously or not.

    “Of course we will take it seriously because we play as Tottenham, not play as some names. It’s important to rotate the starting XI to give a chance to players who have not had the chance to play too much in recent weeks and it’s an important challenge for us.

    “We want to go further in the competition, it’s important to be ready tomorrow and compete in the way that we need to compete. Our plan is to rotate the starting XI tomorrow.

    “It was our plan because seven games in 20 days is always tough. I explained to you before that when we play in the Premier League and Champions League it demands a lot of energy and because of that it’s a good opportunity to give a chance to players to show their quality.” 

    Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh and midfielder Jamie O’Hara both used to play for Tottenham 
    and are returning to their former club.
    Justin Edinburgh will return to White Hart Lane with his Gillingham side on Wednesday night.
    Edinburgh spent a decade at the Lilywhites between 1990 and 2000, winning both the League Cup and FA Cup with the north Londoners.

    Justin Edinburgh said it will be an emotional return to White Hart Lane: “You have to keep your emotions in check really.

    “Obviously I’ve been back to the Club and worked in the hospitality areas and I did a little bit of part-time coaching in the academy when I first retired, but it’s the first time as a professional going back so I’m looking forward to the whole occasion.

    “Spurs has been a fantastic part of my life and my family’s life. Every day it was a privilege to train and play at the Club so, after being there for over 10 years, it’s going to be a very proud moment to walk out of that tunnel.”


    Pochettino is expected to rotate his side, which will likely see Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier both being rested after going down with cramp on Sunday.

    Jamie O’Hara, who played for Tottenham between 2007 and 2011, is unlikely to feature due to struggling with a heel injury.

    Gills’ defender Ryan Jackson is back from suspension and available for the EFL Cup tie, while Rory Donnelly has recovered from a knock and is expected to travel.
    Harry Kane suffered ankle ligament damage in Tottenham's 1-0 over Sunderland at the weekend.


    The only previous meeting between Tottenham and Gillingham was also a third-round match, in November 1982. Spurs won 4-2 at Priestfield.

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    Tottenham have won four of their past five League Cup matches at White Hart Lane.

    Tottenham have lost just three of their past 12 third-round ties in the League Cup - two of those defeats were against north London rivals Arsenal, in 2010 and 2015.

    The last time Tottenham were knocked out of the League Cup by a lower league side was in the 2005-06 campaign, when they lost 0-1 at Grimsby in the second round.


    Gillingham last reached the third round of this competition in 2005, before they were knocked out by a 2-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

    K.O. 8PM (UK) 21/09/2016 VENUE WHITE HART LANE
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