These three Tottenham senior players are training well ahead of first team returns - Pochettino
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose are “training well” ahead of imminent first-team returns.
The senior trio were not deemed fit enough to travel with Spurs’ squad for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow in Russia.
Pochettino chose not to risk the three, who are all recovering from hamstring injuries, but does not expect them to be sidelined for too much longer.
They are among five senior players, alongside Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane, who will be absent as Spurs aim to ignite their Champions League campaign after an opening-match defeat to Monaco.
“Eric Dier and Dembele are recovering from minor problems [suffered] against Sunderland, and Sissoko got concussion during game at Middlesbrough,” Pochettino said on Monday, as quoted by ESPN FC.
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“They’re OK but we don’t want to take a risk. We’ve a lot of game ahead, and it’s difficult period with them and for the national teams. We’re not taking a risk with them. They’re training well.
“Dier and Danny Rose are the same level, Mousa a bit further, but why take a risk when we played one or days ago at Middlesbrough, and we have another game tomorrow?”
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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.