With less than two weeks to go until our opening day clash with Spurs at St James’ Park, Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be facing an ‘crisis’ – with several players injured and EIGHT of their World Cup stars yet to return to the club.
With France, England and Belgium all making it through to the closing stages of the World Cup, it’s been confirmed today that Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are ALL yet to return – with all EIGHGT being given an extended break after their summer competing in Russia.
These are all players who’d normally be playing in the Spurs starting 11, but it remains to be seen as to whether they’ll be ready to play on the opening day of the season.
Not only that, they have plenty concerns elsewhere as it is.
Star winger Heung-min Son is expected to miss the first month of the new season after being allowed to play in the Asian Games for South Korea.
Victor Wanyama has also been sent home from their pre-season tour in the US after aggravating an old knee injury, our old friend Moussa Sissoko is being assessed after picking up a ‘strain’ in their latest friendly with Barcelona and young midfielder Harry Winks is also out injured.
It’ll still be a tough test, but Pochettino and his squad are hardly coming into the game in the best of fettles – especially when you consider they’re yet to even make a single signing this summer.