By Harry Sykes
Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier have been ruled out of Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Leicester on Thursday night – and Spurs fans have reacted with humour on Twitter.
Spurs announced on their official account on the social media platform on Wednesday afternoon that right-back pair Walker and Trippier are both absent for the team’s penultimate fixture of an uplifting campaign.
Trippier is sidelined with the concussion he sustained in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Manchester United, while Walker has an ankle injury.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 17, 2017
It means that manager Mauricio Pochettino will be unable to call upon four full-backs in total for the clash at the King Power Stadium.
Third-choice right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, 20, is on England duty at the Under-20 World Cup, while Spurs revealed on Tuesday that Danny Rose has had a knee operation and will not play again until next season.
Walker’s absence comes at a time when he is being so strongly linked with a summer exit that bookmakers Sky Bet on Tuesday evening suspended betting on him joining Manchester City.
Tottenham fans reacted with a mixture of suspicion and humour to the 26-year-old’s ankle injury, with some urging manager Mauricio Pochettino to use fringe attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko as a makeshift right-back at Leicester.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Luke Fillmore (@luke_fillmore32) May 17, 2017
— SourjyaC (@Spursy1882) May 17, 2017
— Dan (@ElCapitain82) May 17, 2017
@shelleyj89 THEY ARE BOTH LEAVING :PANIC:
— Stu (@stu_evans) May 17, 2017
— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) May 17, 2017
— Chris Anthony (@chris71anthony) May 17, 2017
— Noah (@noahbergman) May 17, 2017
In reality, Pochettino is more likely to use one of his centre-backs Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld at right-back against Leicester, as both have considerable experience of playing in that position.
In other Tottenham team news, an exit-linked Spurs player has bid farewell to the club in an emotional video on Twitter.