Tottenham team news: Pochettino handed triple boost ahead of Aston Villa clash
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose are back in the Tottenham squad for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa.
The first-team trio were left in London in midweek as Spurs lost 3-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Europa League double-header.
But Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the three Englishmen are back for the trip to Villa Park as Tottenham attempt to keep the pressure on league leaders Leicester.
Alli, who was suspended for the Dortmund clash but has been struggling with knee and ankle problems anyway, will be joined in the squad by Rose, who has recovered from a calf injury, and Dier, who was given a breather on Thursday night.
As revealed by Football Insider on Saturday, Dier was rested because of the amount of football he has played this season amid concerns he had hit ‘red zone’, the point of fatigue where sportsmen are at a major risk of injury.
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Dier has made 41 appearances for Tottenham this season, a record matched in the squad only by Harry Kane, although the midfielder has played more minutes – 3474 – than his countryman, who has totted up 3218 minutes.
Pochettino was criticised by some pundits and supporters for not only leaving Dier in England but also relegating key duo Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele to the substitute’s bench against Dortmund on Thursday.
In other Tottenham team news, long-term absentees Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’jie remain unavailable.