Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to avoid another FA Cup fifth-round upset when they travel to Sheffield United this evening.

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Antonio Conte's side, who will once again be managed by his assistant Cristian Stellini, will be buoyed by their recent form under the Italian no.2 as they come in fresh off two successive Premier League victories, defeating a pair of London rivals in Chelsea and West Ham United.

In fact, the Lilywhites have not gotten past this stage of the competition since 2018 when they made the semi-finals, with two extra-time defeats and a loss on penalties in three of the last four years, so the squad will need to buck recent trends.

And they may well have received a massive boost heading into kick-off...

What's the latest injury news ahead of Tottenham's trip Sheffield United?

Ahead of this encounter at Bramall Lane, Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom has revealed some rather troubling news around his camp, claiming that several players could miss out due to illness, including veteran defender Ciaran Clark.

The 33-year-old is currently on loan from Premier League outfit Newcastle United and having racked up 214 appearances in the top-flight, his influence and experience would be crucial to their chances of pulling off a shock win over Spurs.

"Ciaran is ill. We have got illness going through the camp at the minute," the Sheffield United boss told reporters (via YorkshireLive).

"He's one of those who is not in today. We have got a few missing, so we will have to wait and see how everyone is tomorrow. Tomorrow we will then decide on the team off the back of that.

"It's frustrating because we have got a few bodies back and with this tight schedule I know the team I want to pick but we'll have to see now."

Is this good news for Cristian Stellini?

Despite being limited to just nine league appearances since his temporary switch last summer, Clark remains among Heckingbottom's top six performers in the Championship, per WhoScored figures.

Only a trio of players have subsequently averaged more headers and tackles won per game, and he's among the centre-backs to have conceded the fewest number of fouls per game too, which suggests that his colossal and reliable presence will be an almighty miss for the Blades.

The United boss has also not been drawn into who else could be absent, which on his part is a smart decision but behind the scenes, it'll surely be a major worry as he could well have several other key players missing for what is a great chance to get into the quarter-finals of this prestigious tournament.

Heckingbottom has already been without some important stars, including ex-Liverpool frontman Rhian Brewster, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Enda Stevens and George Baldock, so any further absences will only dent their dreams of delivering a scalp tonight.

For Spurs, though, this is an encouraging boost as the uncertainty of their opposition is only going to disrupt plans and given how poorly the north London giants have performed in the FA Cup over the past five seasons, they could finally get through into the last-16 for just the third time in a decade.

Stellini and co must now fancy their chances heading into tonight's tricky encounter in Sheffield.

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