With the former West Ham man absent, the young midfielder gets his chance to prove his worth in a game which could draw Spurs level with Manchester United in the table
Michael Dawson also retains his place in the starting XI after coming back from injury in Spurs' FA Cup victory against Cheltenham at the weekend.
Everton are without Phil Jagielka, who has joined Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell on the injury list, while Victor Anichebe will partner Louis Saha in attack.
Tottenham starting XI: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Livermore, Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor.
Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Rose, Kranjcar, Pienaar, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko
Everton starting XI: Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Donovan, Fellaini, Cahill, Bilyaletdinov; Saha, Anichebe
Subs: Mucha, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Vellios, Duffy