Harry Redknapp is again expected to rotate his squad for the Europa League. The Spurs manager, it has been announced, will undergo minor heart surgery this week and therefore will not be in Russia for this game.
The starting lineup for Spurs will be a much changed one from the side that beat QPR on Sunday. William Gallas has a good chance of returning as he continues his recovery from injury, while Steven Pienaar could also feature at left midfield.
Sandro, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe should all be given starting opportunities.
Danny Rose is out so Andros Townsend may start at left-back, while youngster Kevin Stewart could come in at right-back to give Kyle Walker a rest.
Huddlestone, Corluka and Dawson remain absent.
A win for Spurs would secure their passage to the next round of the competition. They are currently 3 points ahead of their Russian opponents and could move 6 points clear with 2 games remaining and a superior head-to-head record. Rubin Kazan is by no means an easy place to go, however, and Spurs should take nothing for granted, not least because of the incredibly long journey and cold weather.
Spurs are unbeaten in 10 Premier and Europa League matches, with only the loss on penalties to Stoke in the Carling Cup coming in that time. The trip to Russia will provide a quite different challenge to them, though.
Rubin have lost one of their last 8 matches in all competitions - that loss came at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago. They have, however, only won 2 of their last 7 home matches.
A Spurs team full of fringe players looking to take their chance to impress should take the game to Rubin. They have also proved tough to break down, only conceding 1 goal in three Europa League games, so this match could well fail to produce many goals once again. It is tough to choose a winner here, and a draw seems the most likely result.
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