Tottenham Hotspur latest: Lyon team news and two off on loan?

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Hugo Lloris will miss out against former club Lyon, with Andre Villas-Boas revealing he will pick Brad Friedel ahead of the Frenchman. This came after Lloris gave an interview stating the clash 'would not be easy for him' - so instead he will watch on from the bench.

Emmanuel Adebayor is also expected to start up front after coming off the bench against Newcastle on Saturday.

A provisional squad has been named, with Jermain Defoe, Steven Caulker, Sandro and Younes Kaboul the main absentees.

The 20-man party is as follows: Friedel, Lloris, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Dawson, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Parker, Bale, Holtby, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Bentaleb, Ceballos, Adebayor.

The Standard report that William Gallas is expected to start the match as AVB shuffles his pack ahead of a key set of fixtures for Spurs.

We have taken a look at five Lyon players who will be key dangermen in the encounter, including former Spurs star Steed Malbranque.

Two Tottenham players could be leaving the club on loan, but as the transfer window is closed it will not be to Premier League clubs. The first is David Bentley who has been linked with a return to Blackburn Rovers after Michael Appleton confirmed he would like to bring the Englishman in.

The second is young midfielder and one-time 'next big thing' John Bostock. The 21-year-old has just finished a spell with Swindon, and has been training with the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS. The Earthquakes are Simon Dawkins' former side, who has recently been loaned to Aston Villa.

A player linked to Spurs today is Roma forward Pablo Osvaldo, a 27-year-old Argentine-born Italian who is one of their more prolific forwards. The reasons they want  rid of him are due to disciplinary issues, which we have documented here. Take a look for yourself and see if he is a player Tottenham should be going after. The Express claim Spurs still hold an interest in Montpellier attacker Younes Belhanda, who did not clinch a 'big move' in the transfer window.

The Haringey Independent report that a private meeting took place last night within the council chamber concerning land which could be bought as part of a new Tottenham stadium  The meeting is tied to existing long-term plans, and was aimed at speeding up the process.

There is bad news for starlet Alex Pritchard on his first loan spell away from the club. Peterborough have confirmed he has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury sustained against Leicester. He has returned to White Hart Lane for treatment.

We have taken a close look at Gareth Bale's superb form, asking if it will culminate in him winning a Premier League Player of the Season Award, and if he is peaking at the right time in order to do so.

And finally, Tottenham's fixture with Everton at White Hart Lane in April has been moved, from Saturday 6th, to Sunday 7th at 2.05pm and will be screened on ESPN. 

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