Kevin Phillips admitted it would be a “blow” to Tottenham if Manchester City’s European ban is overturned after Kaveh Solhekol shed new light on the ruling.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested, like ‘Project Restart’, Spurs would have to roll their sleeves up and “deal with it”.

Sky Sports revealed that Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year ban and £24.9million fine will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 8-10 June.

The current Premier League champions were punished for allegedly breaching UEFA’s Financial Fair Play and club licensing regulations.

Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol believes there is real “hope” that the decision will be overturned or at least reduced.

With Spurs’ hopes of Champions League qualification already hanging by a thread a reversal would make qualification for next season’s competition very difficult.

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When asked by Football Insider who would be most affected by a decision to overturn the two-year ban, Phillips said: “If it does happen, it is going to affect someone and unfortunately, that looks like it will be Tottenham.

“It would be a bit of a blow. If it gets overturned it gets overturned and they will have to deal with it.

“It will be bad news for someone. It is just like ‘Project Restart’ with the Premier League and Championship – it affects some in a good way and some in a bad way.”

It was expected that UEFA would allow the fifth-placed Premier League side from this campaign to replace Manchester City, who are currently second, in next year’s competition.

Jose Mourinho’s side are only four points off fifth-placed Manchester United with nine games to play but a further three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

In other Tottenham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Willian may perform a U-turn after hearing from Frank Lampard.