Tottenham Team News: Pochettino Confirms 7 Key Players Will Miss APOEL Clash
Mauricio Pochettino has given a team news update ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash with APOEL and they’ll be without seven key players.
Tottenham will look to make it two wins from two games in their Champions League group when they take on APOEL in Cyprus on Tuesday night.
Ahead of the game, Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this evening and he’s provided a team news and injury update.
Unfortunately Spurs will have to make-do without seven first team players for the game so it looks as though Pochettino is going to be forced in to making some changes from the side that beat West Ham at the weekend.
Dele Alli will serve the second of his three-game European ban while Jan Vertonghen will serve a one-game suspension following his dismissal against Borussia Dortmund.
Moussa Dembele missed Saturday’s win at West Ham due to an on-going ankle problem and the Belgian international will be assessed ahead of the weekend clash with Huddesfield after missing the trip to Cyprus.
Christian Eriksen will also sit-out the Champions League group stage game due to illness while Erik Lamela is still working his way back to full fitness following almost a year out with a hip injury.
Danny Rose is also a long-term absentee as he’s still nursing a knee ligament problem while Victor Wanyama remains unavailable due to his own knee injury that’s already kept him out for the last four games.
Here is what Pochettino told TottenhamHotspur.com:
Dele Alli (suspension)
Serving the second of a three-game ban in European competitions.
Mousa Dembele (ankle)
Receiving treatment to injury post-Barnsley and now undergoing rehabilitation. Will be assessed ahead of the weekend’s match at Huddersfield Town.
Christian Eriksen (illness)
Unwell overnight and has not travelled.
Erik Lamela (hips)
Stepping up intensity of outdoor work.
Danny Rose (knee)
Continues progressing with intensity of rehabilitation.
Jan Vertonghen (suspension)
Serving one-game European ban following red card against Borussia Dortmund.
Victor Wanyama (knee)
Undergone period of treatment and now stepping up rehab.
With so many first team players unavailable, it will be a much-changed Tottenham team that will take to the field tomorrow night as Spurs look to build on their impressive win over Dortmund in their Group H opener.
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