Tottenham forward Lucas Moura back in contention for North London derby against Arsenal after rejoining training in timely boost for Nuno Espirito Santo
- Brazilian forward Lucas Moura is in contention after missing two matches
- Steven Bergwijn remains out of contention after sustaining a knock last week
- Manager Nuno Espirito Santo challenged his players to embrace the occasion
- Arsenal defeated Tottenham 2-1 in last year’s fixture at the Emirates stadium
Tottenham have Lucas Moura back for Sunday’s north London derby, with manager Nuno Espirito Santo challenging his players to embrace the occasion.
Moura has returned to full training and is a contender to start against Arsenal alongside Son Heung-min and Harry Kane in attack.
Tottenham will be missing Steven Bergwijn, the Dutchman who felt a heavy challenge during their Europa Conference League match at Rennes last Thursday.
Brazilian forward Lucas Moura is back in contention for this weekend’s north London derby
Both Moura and Bergwijn missed the games against Chelsea and Wolves but Nuno is glad to have his Brazilian back for their biggest match of the season so far.
‘It’s a special game, a different game,’ Nuno said at his pre-match press conference.
‘It’s a very important derby and we have to be ready for it.
‘We have a session tomorrow (Saturday) to prepare and then we make the decisions. We have Lucas back which is good news so let’s try to make and prepare the game. It’s a different game. We must feel it.
Steven Bergwijn is still out of this weekend’s fixture after suffering a knock last week
Nuno Espirito Santo will experience his first north London derby since becoming Spurs boss
‘Stevie is not OK, Sess (Ryan Sessegnon) also, but the good news is that Lucas was able to join the group.’
When asked for a timescale on Bergwijn, Nuno continued: ‘Not yet. I think I explained the injury he has is very painful so has to settle down the pain.
‘He’s not totally stopped. He’s doing some fitness, some upper body. For now he’s not available.’