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Six players to miss Tottenham’s opening match at Newcastle

Plus, Pochettino provides an update on the World Cup semifinalists.

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Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Newcastle without a big number of first-team players for the team’s first match of the season.

In his pre-match press conference, Mauricio Pochettino revealed that Victor Wanyama, who picked up a knee injury in preseason, is still recovering from it and doing gym work. Meanwhile, Erik Lamela will miss the match with an undisclosed injury after missing most of preseason. Juan Foyth, Josh Onomah, and Harry Winks stay on the injury list, with Cameron Carter-Vickers joining them. The center back picked up a groin injury, and will not play against Newcastle as a result.

However, Pochettino did come with some good news. Onomah and Winks are recovering well from their injuries, and have rejoined training. Foyth, meanwhile, is a few weeks away from joining them.

Pochettino also provided updates on the club’s nine World Cup semifinalists, who returned to training this week after their post-tournament breaks. He joked that he may have suited up himself should the nine not return fit, but he is pleased with the overall fitness of the players.

Ultimately, though, he was non-committal on whether or not anyone from that group would get minutes on Saturday.

Figuring out the first starting lineup of the season should be quite the brain teaser for all, and for Pochettino in particular.