By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted Heung-Min Son could lead Tottenham’s front line in their pivotal Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow.

The Spurs manager said Son could be given the nod ahead of Vincent Janssen in the absence of main man Harry Kane through injury.

The South Korea international came close to leaving White Hart Lane in the summer after struggling for game time during his debut season in English football.

But the 24-year-old has thrived since being convinced to stay put and took his Premier League goal tally to four at the weekend, with his second double in three league matches.

By contrast, Janssen has scored just once – a penalty against League One side Gillingham – since his £18million summer switch from AZ Alkmaar, and could lose out to the versatile Son on Wednesday night.

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“It’s one possibility to play with him up front but we have Vincent Janssen too. Both have the possibility to play tomorrow – Vincent or him.”

Son usually plays wide in one of the three attacking midfield roles behind the spearhead but did lead the attack on a few occasions for Spurs last season.

Although Son is in line for a lead role against Leonid Slutsky’s side, several member of Pochettino’s side have not been deemed fit enough to travel.

Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko, Danny Rose and Kane have all been left at home but Pochettino is adamant he has enough talent in his squad to cope with the quintet’s absence.

The absence of the five big guns is a huge blow for Spurs as they aim to ignite their Champions League 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.

Pochettino had said on Saturday that Dier and Rose were “very close to fitness”, but the Londoners have erred on the side of caution and left the pair in England.

Rose has missed Spurs’ last five matches after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty earlier this month.

Spurs travelled to Russia on Monday 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.