Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits his side missed Tanguy Ndombele during the 1-0 Europa League defeat to Royal Antwerp.
The Frenchman did not travel to Belgium as he was struggling with fatigue, but he is expected to return to the fold when Brighton travel to north London on Sunday.
For Mourinho to feel Ndombele’s absence highlights his turnaround at Spurs as his future looked bleak after a difficult first season at the club.
However, he has become an integral part of Tottenham’s side in the early part of the season.
“Tanguy felt just a little sign of fatigue in a muscular area and he was also protected,” Mourinho said of his absence in Belgium.
“Normally Friday he is training as normal and is ready to play Sunday, and to be honest we missed him – because he gives speed to the team.
“Thinking quick, thinking fast, moving the ball quick and fast, we missed him.”
Mourinho also confirmed Eric Dier will be back in the squad after missing the Antwerp trip.
“Dier had a little, no quite an important injury in the national team, couldn’t play a couple of matches for us.
“Played against Burnley, would be a risk to play Thursday, but I expect him to be fine for the next one.”