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Tottenham team news: Sissoko in outside rehabilitation, targeting late March return

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The injury situation at Spurs is still bleak, but there’s a glimmer of light ahead.

Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Look, we’re not going to sugar-coat it — the team news at Tottenham Hotspur isn’t great. Spurs released their usual update on the injury situation at the club ahead of the Saturday early match at Stamford Bridge, and it’s not a pretty picture. But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel — Moussa Sissoko has commenced on-field rehabilitation and is targeting a return to the side at the end of March. Yay?

Sissoko is... well, he’s Moussa Sissoko and we all know the positives and negatives he brings to the pitch, but he would be an extra body in midfield for Tottenham’s league run-in and that would not be a bad thing at all.

The injury list doesn’t clarify at all how Jose Mourinho will set up his Spurs squad against Chelsea on Saturday, so we’ll have to continue to glean what little knowledge we can from the way Spurs played midweek in the Champions League against RB Leipzig. Mourinho was cagy about Tanguy Ndombele, who came off the bench on Wednesday to put in a pretty good shift against RB Leipzig. He didn’t give away much about whether Tanguy is ready to start a football match this weekend.

Mourinho also gave an update on Erik Lamela, who also put in an impressive late stint as a substitute against Leipzig. Lamela has had, Mou said, a frustrating season but will be on the bench again tomorrow against Chelsea to help any way he can.

“[Lamela was] not training with the squad, being protected to be in conditions to give us some time in the next time. A player I like very, very much, I’ve always liked, but a difficult season for him, lots of injuries and problems.

“An incredible spirit to recover, work and didn’t even go home to Argentina in days off. Stayed here working hard, trying to give us what he gave in last game after no training, no conditions. Tomorrow will be the same, he’ll be here to help.”

Chelsea are similarly banged up, and will be without Ngolo Kante, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi for tomorrow’s match, but got a boost today with Frank Lampard announcing that both Andreas Christensen and Tammy Abraham are “expected to be available.” Let’s hope not!