Pochettino reveals Tottenham striker will miss CSKA Moscow
By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained that Vincent Janssen will miss Wednesday night’s home match against CSKA Moscow.
The forward will be absent due to an ankle injury and Spurs must avoid defeat in the Champions League group game to qualify for the Europa League knockout rounds.
Pochettino has revealed that the 22-year-old will be unavailable for the European game, as cited by the club’s official Twitter account.
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Spurs could welcome back senior defender Toby Alderweireld back from injury, but Erik Lamela has been sidelined for another couple of weeks.
Harry Kane or Heung-Min Son will be in contention to lead the line and Janssen may have been handed an opportunity to impress if he was fit.
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Janssen has endured a difficult start to his Spurs career since he moved to White Hart Lane in the summer, scoring just three goals in 20 appearances.
The Holland international was expected to provide tough competition for first-choice striker Kane, but all of his goals have come from the penalty spot.
He has demonstrated a good ability to hold the ball up and now needs to add more of a goal threat if the club are to challenge for the Premier League title.
Janssen was not involved in the squad for the 5-0 victory against Swansea on Saturday and the club have not yet revealed when he will return.
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