Tottenham Hotspur have traveled to Greece ahead of their opening match in the UEFA Champions League with Olympiacos. As is customary about 24 hours ahead of a match, the club has released an update on who is injured. In short: Nothing’s really changed.
TEAM NEWS:@JuanMFoyth (ankle): remains at the Training Centre having just returned to full training@LoCelsoGiovani (hip): early stages of rehabilitation@RyanSessegnon (hamstring): undergoing assessment after reporting irritation with previous hamstring injury#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/nums2P0gZl— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 17, 2019
Juan Foyth is almost back after his rehab stint and it appears to just be a fitness issue now, which will take one or two weeks, so he may be on the bench this weekend but I’d expect any appearances to be the week after.
Giovani Lo Celso’s status hasn’t changed as we know he’s out until, at minimum, mid-October but it will probably be longer than that.
Ryan Sessegnon was casually hinted at as getting some time soon, but it appears his hamstring isn’t quite 100% yet and was left in London as a precaution. He probably wasn’t going to play in this match anyway, so better safe than sorry.
As for who traveled, Dan Kilpatrick confirmed some info beyond the injuries:
Neither Rose nor Aurier has travelled.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) September 17, 2019
It might be a minor surprise that Rose didn’t travel but since both played on the weekend and Pochettino said that Spurs were going to rotate more this season, it makes some sense. That means Kyle Walker-Peters and Ben Davies are virtual locks to start at fullback. Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen will more than likely be the emergency fullbacks if anything goes wrong. Moussa Sissoko might be able to provide minutes at right fullback in a pinch if necessary, but I’m expecting him to be a sub off the bench in the second half.
We’ll follow up if there are any updates from the club beyond this.