By Richard Parks
Tottenham have omitted three defenders from their squad for Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Juventus in Turin, it has been confirmed.
Mauricio Pochettino revealed at his pre-match media conference in Italy on Monday evening that senior centre-back Toby Alderweireld has been left behind in London along with younger pair Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Pochettino confirmed the widespread reports over the last 24 hours that Belgium international Alderweireld is not in the travelling party despite making a polished comeback in the FA Cup against Newport County last Wednesday after three months on the sidelines.
As quoted by Football London’s live blog (5.26pm) covering the manager’s press conference, Alderweireld, central defender Foyth and right-back Walker-Peters will play no part in Spurs’ biggest match of the season.
“We brought nearly all the squad,” explained Pochettino. “A good thing today that we have all the squad fit. We will see within 10-15 minutes, the training session. Toby, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters aren’t here.”
Foyth partnered Alderweireld in central defence for the full 90 minutes last week in the convincing 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win against League Two minnows Newport.
Walker-Peters, who had started the first leg at Rodney Parade, was a late substitute for the second match at Wembley.
Pochettino is expected to select Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and, possibly, Eric Dier, in the middle of the defence for the first leg against Juve.