Tottenham Boss Confirms Huge Double Injury Blow + Kane/Lamela/Wanyama Updates
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed a double injury blow and provided an update on Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama.
Tottenham will be looking to close the gap on the top two with a win when they entertain Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
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Ahead of the match, Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a team news and injury update.
The Spurs boss confirmed a double blow with the news that Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris will both miss the game this weekend due to injuries picked up in midweek.
Alderweireld limped off during the early stages of Wednesday night’s stunning 3-1 victory over Real Madrid after suffering a hamstring injury and the centre-back won’t feature on Sunday.
The player suggested to reporters after the game he was facing ‘a few weeks’ out but Pochettino says they will wait for scan results to come back before putting a time-scale on his recovery period.
Lloris was able to complete the full ninety minutes against Madrid but it was later revealed he had suffered a groin tear during a collision with Sergio Ramos in the second half.
France manager Didier Deschamps suggested the goalkeeper had been ruled out for at least two weeks but again Pochettino won’t speculate until Lloris is further assessed.
He’s quoted as saying by Ham&High newspaper:
“There’s no new information about Toby today. We must wait about him and Hugo, for the scans they are now going to do this afternoon. It’s sure tomorrow we will have a better idea.
“Today it’s speculation. We can guess but I think we must wait for the information from the scanner and the assessment from the doctor.”
Pochettino also provided an update on the situation surrounding Victor Wanyama and although the Spurs boss said he’s doing well in his recovery from a knee injury, he still isn’t sure when the midfielder will be available again.
However, the end is in sight for Erik Lamela as the Argentinean international should be back in the squad after the upcoming international break after finally gaining full fitness following a year out with a hip injury.
Pochettino also confirmed that Harry Kane suffered no reaction to playing 80 minutes on Wednesday night after making a swift recovery from a hamstring injury.
The Spurs boss continued:
“Maybe after the international break he [Lamela] can be available. We hope so because he’s so close. For Sunday it’s so difficult but after two weeks maybe he can be available again for the team.”
“He’s [Wanyama] doing well, he’s getting better every day. Yesterday in training he was good – still not with the team, but alone, with the sports science people and the physio.
“The reaction from his knee was good. I cannot guess [when he will be back] because it’s like Lamela – he needs to feel his knee is safe and feels good to step up to be ready to compete.”
“He’s [Kane] well, he feels good,” said Pochettino. “It’s in the past and it’s good for us.”
Tottenham head in to the weekend action sitting third in the table but they can advantage of all their rivals playing each other by collecting all three points against Palace on Sunday.
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