Tottenham quartet to miss Huddersfield clash as Poch offers update on Kane & Alli
Tottenham will be without at least four players for the visit of Huddersfield Town this weekend while Pochettino provided an update on Kane and Alli.
Tottenham will be looking to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League with a win over Huddersfield Town at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Ahead of the game, Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a full team news and injury update including the latest on Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier.
Dier has missed the last three matches with a hip injury that he sustained during the international break last month and Tottenham have confirmed on TottenhamHotspur.com that the midfielder will still be unavailable for selection tomorrow.
Lamela has also missed the recent games against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester City with a hamstring injury while Aurier is also nursing a hamstring injury and they’ll both remain on the sidelines this weekend.
Tottenham were dealt a major blow on Tuesday night when Kane limped off during the Champions League win over Manchester City following a heavy challenge with Fabian Delph early in the second half.
Spurs confirmed yesterday that the striker has suffered significant ankle ligament damage and Pochettino has admitted it’s unlikely Kane will play again in the Premier League this season.
The 25-year-old suffered a similar injury against Manchester United in January and was on the sidelines for around five weeks so Pochettino hasn’t given up hope of Kane being able to play in a potential Champions League final on June 1st, should Tottenham make it that far.
In a further blow for Spurs, Alli broke his hand against Man City earlier this week and the midfielder is a doubt to face Huddersfield tomorrow. Tottenham will assess Alli over the coming hours but Pochettino has admitted he’s not optimistic the England star will be available.
Speaking at his press conference today, Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Metro:
‘He feels sad and disappointed like everyone at the club. It’s a tough moment for him, the team and us.
‘We need to assess him every day but [we need] to have proper answers to see when he possibly can start training with the team but today it is impossible to give a date.
‘He suffered a similar injury last time against Manchester United and that took five weeks, and if we arrive in the final of the Champions League maybe he would have the possibility to play, but we’ll see.
‘We need to assess him but he’s not in a great place which is normal after a few days.’
‘He [Alli] broke his hand and we need to assess today and see if he can be involved tomorrow. I am not optimistic but we’ll see. We cannot say today if he is going to be available in the squad tomorrow.’
So Tottenham will be without four players for the visit of Huddersfield – five if Alli is ruled out – as they look to cement their position in the top four with a much needed victory over the Terriers.
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