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Mauricio Pochettino has played down fears over the hamstring injury Moussa Sissoko picked up against Barcelona on Saturday.

Sissoko limped off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Georges-Kevin N’Koudou during the 2-2 pre-season draw in the US – he was pictured on Monday with strapping around his leg.

But Pochettino claims Sissoko’s injury isn’t a bad one.

“Yes, I think it’s minor. Maybe he was a little bit tired, but I think it’s not a big issue,” Pochettino told Spurs TV (via Reuters). “We will wait… the next few days to see what happened.”

The Frenchman may be needed when Tottenham face Newcastle United on the opening day of the new Premier League season in just under two weeks time.

That’s because Spurs have a selection crisis in midfield, with Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele yet to return after their World Cup exploits and the likes of Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama likely to be unavailable through injury.

Sissoko, who has been linked with an exit after struggling for minutes at Spurs, has suggested he is willing to stay and fight for his place in Pochettino’s starting line-up.

But unless he recovers in time to play against his former club, the 28-year-old could experience a disrupted start to the campaign, which won’t help his chances of playing more often this season.

 

 

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