The American veteran recently had a lengthy run of consecutive games broken by Hugo Lloris, but he has now been reinstated in the team to take on Chelsea in a London derby. Jermain Defoe is also preferred to Emmanuel Adebayor in another selection surprise for Tottenham, while Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces the injured Moussa Dembele in midfield.
Gareth Bale had been named in the starting lineup, but Tottenham issued a correction, replacing him with Tom Huddlestone, after he reportedly left White Hart Lane due to his partner going into labour.
Chelsea, meanwhile, opt for Ramires and John Obi Mikel in midfield to form the double pivot in their 4-2-3-1 formation. John Terry's absence through his four-match ban means that David Luiz and Gary Cahill start at centre-back.