Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that important pair Harry Winks and Dele Alli are in a race against time to be fit for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Manchester City.
The important midfield pair both played a role in Spurs winning the quarter-final first leg clash 1-0 last week and the travelling support will have their fingers crossed the duo will be available for the return game at the Etihad Stadium.
Both Alli and Winks sat out Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with the North London side excelling without them.
Alli has a broken hand and has been training with the Spurs first-team, while Winks is suffering from a thigh complaint.
Pochettino has provided an update on the Tottenham pair and admitted that the duo are working hard to make themselves available for the game against City.
“We’ll see with Dele. I’m not sure,” the Daily Mail quote the Spurs boss as saying.
“He is doing some training sessions [with a protective cast] and needs to be comfortable. It’s a bit painful. He broke a bone in two places. Harry Winks is not a big issue but not easy.”
With Harry Kane definitely ruled out of the City game, Tottenham would be left short in attack if Alli was not able to feature against City.
The England international has a knack of stepping up in big games and having him available would be a big psychological boost for Spurs and the travelling support.
Winks is Tottenham’s best passer of the ball from deep and his energy, creativity and work-rate are crucial to the club’s midfield.
While Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko impressed against Huddersfield on Saturday, Spurs could well play all three men if Winks is fit to feature against City.