Team news is out for tomorrow’s Champions League semifinal second leg between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax, and Spurs could welcome two players back to the fold for the match at the Johann Cruyff Arena. Spurs announced on social media that Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier have both returned to training, with Vertonghen in particular looking like a lock for at least the bench on Wednesday (and in a face mask!).
TEAM NEWS:— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 7, 2019
➡️ @daosanchez26 (thigh) - injury sustained against Bournemouth and unavailable.
➡️ @JanVertonghen (nasal) - returned to training, continues to be monitored and will wear a face mask to protect nose.
➡️ @vincentjanssen (ineligible) - unavailable.#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/9lbfi8puMI
Buried in that tweet is more good news if Spurs are able to get past Ajax and into the Champions League finals. Harry Winks’ return from surgery to on-field rehabilitation is exceptionally good news, as is Harry Kane’s “continued rehabilitation.” Some have suggested that Pochettino should consider putting Kane on the bench tomorrow just to screw with Ajax’s heads a bit, which would be hilarious if incredibly unlikely.
Aurier would be a welcome return as well, as Spurs have ridden Kieran Trippier into the ground in recent games. Juan Foyth could also start at the right back position, since his three match ban for violent conduct doesn’t apply to games in UEFA competition.
The bad news is that Davinson Sanchez has been ruled out with a knock he picked up against Bournemouth. If Jan is ready to go, it’s not much of a problem. Otherwise we’re looking at Foyth or Eric Dier lining up beside Toby Alderweireld.
As far as Ajax goes, ears are perking up all over Amsterdam after Ajax manager Erik ten Hag admitted that David Neres is perhaps a slight doubt for the match after sustaining a small injury lately. “There is perhaps a small problem with David,” said ten Hag in a press conference today, “but he will train and we expect him to play.”
We never root for injuries to opposition players, but Ajax is a very good team and losing Neres would be a blow. It doesn’t sound like whatever is going on with Neres is that serious, however.