Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama has a knee problem which will keep him out of tonight’s game against PSV Eindhoven before returning to the side for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
The Kenyan international has been struggling to regain full fitness for months now but according to boss Mauricio Pochettino, his current niggle is a completely separate issue to the one which has been giving him problems since 2017.
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This evening’s Champions League clash is simply a must-win for Spurs, who currently sit joint bottom of Group B. To have any hope of qualification, they must beat their Dutch counterparts, hope Barcelona triumph over Inter Milan, then beat the Italians themselves when they come to London at the end of November. Should all that occur, they will have a one point lead over third place heading into the final round of group fixtures, giving them a fighting chance of qualification. It’s a tall order but they’re not quite dead and buried just yet.
Pochettino’s men are struggling with injuries though. In midfield alone they’ll be without the aforementioned Wanyama, as well as Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele, meaning Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks will be forced to deputise once more. Whilst neither man is a bad option to have, the lack of depth will be worrying to supporters, given the continuing grind of the Premier League.
Ideally, tonight’s tie against PSV will take it out of Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s clash. Without a win in six straight Premier League games, Roy Hodgson and his players are in desperate need of a pick-me-up. Let’s hope they get it in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday evening.