Tottenham Hotspur have announced their team news ahead Thursday's clash with German giant Borussia Dortmund. In a match-up that pits the two strongest remaining sides in the Europa League competition against each other, Spurs will be without some key players. Here is what Spurs official tweeted out earlier today:
The big miss among the group is Dele Alli. After picking up a third yellow card in the Spurs second leg against Fiorentina, the young Englishman will be suspended from the side. Whether or not he would have started is in question, but Tottenham certainly could have used him as a substitute at some point. Of near equal importance is the absence of Eric Dier as he and Danny Rose have been left in London without explanation.
If there was an injury to Dier that was anything more than a knock, one would think it would have been included in the team report. Pochettino has been hesitant throughout the season to spell Dier, but with only 9 games left in the Premier League calendar, he might want to rest him some. Dier's play hasn't been poor of late, but it hasn't been the dominating performances Spurs supporters have become accustomed to. Fatigue could certainly be a factor in Dier's form and maybe he really needs a full week. Dier's absence opens the door for any of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, and Tom Carroll to get a start in a massive fixture.
As Danny Rose and Ben Davies have been consistently rotated since Christmas, there is little out of the ordinary in Rose missing out.
Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N'Jie remained sidelined with injuries. The latter, as has been recently reported, is nearing his return to the side.