Pochettino “not optimistic” following injury to key Tottenham man

Pochettino “not optimistic” following injury to key Tottenham man

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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Tottenham Hotspur are “not optimistic” about the injury Moussa Sissoko picked up against Manchester City.

Sissoko limped off with a groin problem just before half-time during Wednesday’s chaotic Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Etihad.

Spurs lost 4-3 on the night but progressed to the semi-finals on away goals, and the players serenaded Sissoko in the dressing room after the game – watch here.

But there are concerns over the injury Sissoko picked up with Pochettino suggesting it could sideline the Frenchman.

“We need to assess him tomorrow (Thursday). We’re not optimistic but today or tomorrow we will have a better idea,” the Tottenham boss said after the game (via Football London).

On Thursday, Spurs revealed Sissoko is “undergoing assessment” via the team news update the club posts weekly on Twitter.

We’re likely to find out if Sissoko is available to play against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday closer to the time of the game.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane has “commenced rehabilitation” after damaging ankle ligaments, while Harry Winks (groin) and Serge Aurier (hamstring) continue their recoveries.

Erik Lamela has picked up a fresh hamstring injury, but Eric Dier (hip) is expected to return to training on Friday.

Dier’s return would certainly be a timely boost given the current injuries Tottenham are struggling with in central midfield.

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