We've already established that Tottenham Hotspur's 2015-16 Europa League campaign is, essentially, over after a 3-0 thrashing at the Westfalenstadion last Thursday. Now, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has all but confirmed it, saying that Spurs stars Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele will be "assessed" ahead of tomorrow's return fixture at White Hart Lane.
ESPN correspondant and The Tottenham Way founder Dan Kilpatrick expounded on the club's tweet, suggesting that both of them are gassed and could use a break before Spurs host Bournemouth in the league this weekend.
The bit about Vertonghen and Clinton is also good news, as adding additional contributors to the side will greatly help Spurs in the stretch run as they continue to try and chase down Leicester City for the EPL title. The tweet implies that both of them may be back in contention in time for Spurs to host Manchester United in a couple of weeks.
As for the Dortmund lineup tomorrow, it's anybody's guess what Mauricio Pochettino will do, but I suspect we'll see a very rotated lineup. Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies are due to be rotated in as per usual. We might also see Eric Dier pushed back into central defense to give Toby Alderweireld a rest. Assuming Dembele and Eriksen are both out that leaves some combination of Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, or Dele Alli in central midfield, Nacer Chadli in the attacking band, with maybe Sonny starting up top. But again, we really have no idea.