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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen happy with squad rotation

Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham defender in action against Crystal Palace
Image: Jan Vertonghen is hoping to keep Spurs' winning run going against Arsenal

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen insists he has no qualms with Mauricio Pochettino's policy of squad rotation.

The Belgium centre-back could be rested when Arsenal visit White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, with Spurs set for a busy few weeks before the next international break.

Pochettino is keen to use the full depth of his squad across all competitions, and he is expected to make changes to the side that sealed a third straight win on Sunday - a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Vertonghen said: "I want to play every game because I like to play football, but sometimes it's better for me to rest.

"I think it's good that the medical staff and technical staff make that decision for you. You can still be fresh in March or April that way."

"In the league we have Manchester City, Swansea and Liverpool coming for us, and in the Europa League we want to involve all the players. We have a big squad and it was very important to win to go into Arsenal on Wednesday.

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"We will play a strong team, I guess, and hopefully get the same result. I think I lost only once or twice and I've won a couple [against Arsenal], so my record is not too bad.

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"I don't know who's going to play but, whoever does, everyone knows how important those games are for us and for the fans."

Pochettino is certain to be without youngster Alex Pritchard, whom Sky sources understand is still struggling with the ankle injury he picked up on England U21 duty in the summer.

But Spurs are hopeful Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason will be able to feature, having both stepped up their recoveries last week, while Christian Eriksen could start after coming on as a late substitute at the weekend.

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