Colchester United v Tottenham

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Colchester United face a tough task on Saturday when they welcome Tottenham to the Colchester Community Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round.

The U's are currently rock-bottom of League One and come up against a Spurs side that has not lost on the road in their last nine games in all competitions.

By contrast, Kevin Keen's team's only win in their last nine games was a 2-1 success against Charlton in the third round of the FA Cup.

Keen has no injury or suspension concerns ahead of the match and there is little doubt he will field the strongest side available to him, meaning experienced players Nicky Shorey and Darren Ambrose are likely to start after being on the bench for their 3-0 loss to Scunthorpe United last weekend.

Tottenham will be without Jan Vertonghen, who picked up knee ligament injury in their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday, which opens a place for Kevin Wimmer to show what he can do.

The Austrian defender has struggled to break into the first team since arriving from Koln in the off-season and rumours were beginning to surface of a possible return to the Bundesliga, but the injury to Vertonghen has ended the speculation.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is likely to rest star players Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli ahead of a tough run of matches in February that includes away trips to Manchester City and Fiorentina.

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