By Emma Sanders
With the international break fully underway, it can be a worrying time for club managers who pray for the safe return of their stars.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal have a long-standing history of players picking up serious injuries while on international duty but Tottenham could be the most vulnerable club this month.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have 16 players on senior international duty over the next week and that’s more than any other club in the Premier League, according to the Sky Sports website.
Tottenham are supplying more players than Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City, whilst Liverpool have less than ten on international duty.
With European competition also a heavy challenge for the Tottenham side this season, it’s important the squad don’t pick up too many injuries.
Spurs have started the season brightly, picking up 17 points in the Premier League and currently sit in second place behind Manchester City.
However, almost the entire starting XI that faced the league leaders on Sunday are in action for their national sides this week, with Victor Wanyama the only exception, and Pochettino’s squad are vulnerable ahead of their trip to West Brom next week.
Moussa Sissoko and Huge Lloris are likely to feature for France, whilst Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker could all start for England in a clash against Malta.
Tottenham’s two centre-halves will likely feature for Belgium and Christian Eriksen will undoubtedly star for Denmark against Poland and Montenegro.
Eric Lamela will be hoping to represent Argentina in their World Cup Qualifier whilst Son Heung-Min features for South Korea.
With England star Harry Kane already missing, Tottenham could do with the safe return of all their stars in order to continue their bright start to the Premier League season.
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