Tottenham Hotspur face what feels like a must-win scenario against Red Star Belgrade tomorrow in Matchday Three of the UEFA Champions League group stage. Team news dropped today from the club and it’s quite positive in terms of injuries as the only long-term injury now is Hugo Lloris’ elbow.
TEAM NEWS:— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2019
@ChrisEriksen8 (dead leg) - returned to training with the squad.
Hugo Lloris (elbow) - continues to be monitored and assessed, commenced early stages of rehabilitation.#UCL ⚪️ #THFC pic.twitter.com/ZvlDiExVp9
Eriksen’s dead leg quad appears to be back, so expect him to be in the eighteen tomorrow. Dan Kilpatrick also offered this glimmer of hope in regard to two new signings finally returning to full training recently:
#thfc Asked Poch if Lo Celso and Sess would be involved tomorrow. He said one would be - presumably GLC.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) October 21, 2019
Getting Lo Celso into the squad tomorrow would be a huge boost as Spurs have lacked creativity and progressive passing in midfield all season. Tanguy Ndombele only played the last 20 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Watford, so it is entirely possible we see both of them on the pitch at the same time tomorrow. Pochettino usually doesn’t start a player right away when they’re returning from injury, so he may be a substitute option.
Spurs currently have one point through two matches, having drawn Olympiacos in Greece before getting obliterated at home against Bayern Munich. Red Star are above Tottenham in the group on three points, picking up a win against the same Olympiacos side 3-1. They were aided by a 57th minute red card to Yassine Benzia and scored all three goals after the sending off.
With the next two matches against Red Star and the away fixture being in one of the most intimidating atmospheres in Europe, it’s vital that Tottenham get maximum points against the Serbian champions at home.