Confirmed: Key Tottenham midfielder set to miss Ajax first leg

Confirmed: Key Tottenham midfielder set to miss Ajax first leg

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Moussa Sissoko is likely miss Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax, Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed.

Sissoko limped off in the first half of the quarter-final second leg at Manchester City with a groin problem.

The midfielder subsequently missed the Premier League defeat at the Etihad, and Pochettino has now suggested Spurs will be without him for the next couple of weeks.

“Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks, we hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic,” Pochettino said in a press conference (via Football London).

That means Sissoko will miss Tuesday’s meeting with Brighton at the new stadium, followed by matches against West Ham United, Ajax and possibly Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, Pochettino also gave an update on Harry Winks, who has been suffering from a similar injury.

The Tottenham boss revealed Winks could return against Brighton but the nature of his problem means it’s impossible to tell when he will be available to play.

Pochettino said: “Harry Winks we don’t now because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day. We hope he will be available for Tuesday but we are not sure.”

There was better news about Hugo Lloris, who is expected to return to the line-up after missing the Manchester City league game with a muscle strain.

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