Sandro absence gives Villas-Boas selection headache at Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas is preparing for his first selection headache already, and it’s only the first game of the season. The Guardian are suggesting that the new Tottenham boss is yet to have a finalized midfield with Luka Modric likely to be on his way out of the club and Sandro yet to complete a single training session with the Portuguese manager.

Sandro has been away at the Olympics and has flown to Sweden to take part in Brazil’s first friendly of the season, leaving Villas-Boas none the wiser to his holding midfielder’s abilities.

Scott Parker is unavailable due to Achilles surgery leaving the former Chelsea manager with Jake Livermore, Jermaine Jenas – who he has preferred in pre-season – and Tom Huddlestone. Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to start at the head of the midfield with two holding behind him.

He also faces problems up front with Jermain Defoe looking for a way out and the club yet to sign another striker. Emmanuel Adebayor is thought to still be a possible deal but demands from the player are causing both clubs difficulty.

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