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Another injury blow for Tottenham ahead of Champions League showdown

Tottenham Hotspur’s injury crisis worsened on Saturday as attacker Steven Bergwijn limped off the field at the end of the 1-1 draw with Burnley.

The Netherlands international has found himself playing as the team’s focal point since signing in January, due to the absences of star forwards Harry Kane and more recently Son Heung-min.

Bergwijn’s made a bright star, with two goals to his name already, but now appears to be a major doubt ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League last-16 second leg clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

Manager Jose Mourinho was coy on the chances of the 22-year-old featuring in Germany during his post-match press conference.

“The plan was for Steven to play 55-60 minutes and then Lucas to come,” the Portuguese clarified, as reported by Football.London.

“The plan was to keep the fresh players on the pitch for 90 minutes, but I had to change that at half-time immediately,” he continued.

“Steven had to play for 90 minutes, so on top of that he’s injured.

“Let’s see if it’s something minor and if he can make the effort because Tuesday I only want two options: we win or we lose but we leave everything there.

“We go with everything.”

Elsewhere, it looks as though Kane and Son will both be back before the end of the season, although most likely only for Tottenham’s final few matches.

Mourinho hopes to have Moussa Sissoko back at the end of this month, and Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon are already in contention.

Tanguy Ndombele, Oliver Skipp and Erik Lamela were all withdrawn against Burnley for tactical reasons.

The draw at Burnley continued Spurs’ poor run of form, and they will need to perform far better to have a chance of overturning the 1-0 deficit they take into the Leipzig game.

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