By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko are in a race against time to be fit for Tottenham’s Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
The senior quartet are all battling to return from injury for the Group E clash in Russia as Spurs aim to ignite their campaign after an opening-match defeat to Monaco.
Dier, Dembele and Rose missed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, while Sissoko was substituted in the 70th minute with suspected concussion and it remains unclear whether they will be in contention for the trip to Arena Khimki.
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will wait before deciding whether to risk Dier and Rose as he suggested they were ahead of Dembele in their recoveries from hamstring injuries.
“We will assess Moussa [Sissoko on Sunday],” said the Spurs manager, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “We have some players like Erik Dier and Danny Rose who are very close to fitness, and we have to see whether we will take some risks or not.”
Rose has missed Spurs’ last five matches after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty earlier this month.
Spurs travel to Russia in midweek knowing anything but victory will leave them facing an uphill battle in their bid to progress beyond the Champions League group stages.
In other Tottenham team news, Spurs have opened talks over a landmark £31.2million deal.