Team news is out for Tottenham Hotspur’s upcoming trip to Bournemouth to face the Cherries in the Premier League, and as expected Spurs will be without a couple of first team options.
Toby Alderweireld is set to miss the match while he recovers from a leg stinger sustained in last Saturday’s draw against West Bromwich Albion, and Harry Kane isn’t yet ready for a return despite returning to training this week. Pochettino declined to give a timetable on Kane’s return to fitness, but noted that he’s happy with the way Tottenham’s talismanic striker is recuperating.
"We're happy with him, he's going very well. Today he started to touch the ball alone and do some exercises with sports science.
"He is positive and we are positive about him. We assess him every day but he is not available this weekend, it is going well.
"You always ask me when but it is difficult, it's how his ankle reacts every day. Today we are happy, going well, but we will see what happens."
"For Toby the scan is clear but he is still feeling pain in his leg, he is recovering well but we need to wait. Like Harry, he is not available for weekend. But we are happy because it's not a big, big issue but it was a very heavy knock, still painful. We need to see how it reacts every day."
Pochettino also suggested that Danny Rose could miss Saturday’s match at Dean Court with a minor foot injury.
"We need to assess him tomorrow. He kicked an opponent against Leverkusen. His foot is bruised. We will see tomorrow if he is available or not. So far nothing serious but it's painful. Tomorrow we assess and decide whether he's available."
Bournemouth will be without Max Gradel, Lewis Cook, and Harry Arter for this match.
With just four days between Spurs’ Champions League trip to Germany and this match, it wouldn’t surprise many Tottenham fans to see some sort of rotation, whether brought upon by injury or otherwise. You’d probably guess that Eric Dier would continue to pair with Jan Vertonghen in Spurs’ back line, and that Ben Davies would rotate in for Danny Rose if needed. Kyle Walker was rested against Bayer Leverkusen and is expected to start against the Cherries.
The key question is once again in the center of midfield. With Dier likely dropping into defense again, Pochettino may continue to utilize his Victor Wanyama-focused 4-1-4-1 that was so successful against Manchester City (but less so against Bayer) or he could opt to bring in Mousa Dembele and revert to the 4-2-3-1 with which he started the season.