Mauricio Pochettino: How Gareth Southgate has caused Kieran Trippier injury troubles

Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Gareth Southgate’s decision to start Kieran Trippier against Belgium at the World Cup as “weird”.

The 27-year-old started for England just three days after being withdrawn against Croatia due to a groin injury.

He has since been struggling with a groin issue which has seen him miss seven games including two internationals.

Pochettino questions Southgate’s call over Trippier

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: Kieran Trippier of England celebrates with team mate Harry Kane after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Tottenham’s coaching staff have been left scratching their heads following Southgate’s call to start Trippier in the third-place play-off.

Having been substituted off just three days prior, Trippier was straight back in the line-up to face Belgium.

This has lead to the defender’s many issues this season, according to Pochettino.

Pochettino said:

“When you come off, and you leave your team with one player less, because all the changes were used, it is because you are in a problem, no?”

“Because you are playing the (third-place) final and semi-final. Three days to be allowed to play is a little bit weird.

“In our opinion, for me a player that asked to come off the pitch, it’s common sense that it’s impossible to play because something is wrong.

Pochettino confirms Trippier doubt for FC Barcelona

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on October 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Argentine manager has announced that Trippier is unlikely to feature against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Pochettino added:

“If we apply common sense it is difficult to play on Saturday when you come off – 48 or 72 hours is not common sense.

“I don’t believe he is going to be available for Barcelona. We are going to assess him and we will see what happens.

“To be training and resting with a plan to improve his problem, he cannot cope with 90 minutes and that is why we cannot make another mistake.

“We need to be sure the next time we think about playing him. It is important to be right, and to help him.”

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