Spurs have another massive game in the Premier League this Tuesday.
Brighton will make their first trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as they attempt to fight off relegation, and as Spurs attempt to solidify their place in the top four. Both Arsenal and Manchester United slipped up this weekend, so Mauricio Pochettino’s side can seal third place if they win their last four matches in the league.
On Tuesday, they’ll have to try and win without Moussa Sissoko, who was forced off in the insane Champions League second leg against Manchester City. According to Pochettino, Sissoko’s groin injury could keep him out for two weeks.
Football London has the quotes from Poch’s press conference this morning.
“Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks, we hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic. Harry Winks we don’t now because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day. We hope he will be available for Tuesday but we are not sure.”
Sissoko’s absence is a big loss in midfield, but Winks being able to return to the fold would mitigate that absence somewhat. Winks has been in and out of the team recently due to various injuries. He played 81 minutes in the first leg against City before being forced off injured. That was his first start for Tottenham since February.
If Sissoko is out for two weeks, then he will likely miss April 30’s first leg of the Champions League semifinals against Ajax. The Frenchman should be available again on May 8th, when the second leg of those semis will roll around.
Pochettino also spoke about Hugo Lloris. Lloris missed the 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday, but that seems to have just been a precautionary move.
“I hope yes, we are going to assess, we have a training session and we hope it is not a big issue, we hope he (Lloris) is going to be available.”
If Lloris isn’t ready to go on Tuesday, then Paulo Gazzaniga would be in line for another start in goal.
Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, and Erik Lamela were not mentioned by Pochettino. Lamela’s injury seems minor, but Kane and Aurier are undoubtedly still unavailable as they continue their respective recoveries.
There also could be another Vincent Janssen appearance on the bench tomorrow. Janssen hasn’t played all season but was on the bench this weekend at the Etihad.
The crucial match between Spurs and Brighton will kick-off on Tuesday at 2:45 EST.