Mauricio Pochettino willing to start Kyle Walker-Peters vs Barcelona

Trippier & Aurier injured

Tottenham are having somewhat of an injury crisis at the moment.

Their last game saw them take on and beat Leicester City on Saturday evening.

Prior to that game, it was announced that Kieran Trippier and Juan Foyth would miss out vs the Foxes through injury.

This meant Tottenham would be starting Serge Aurier on Saturday.

Aurier has a decent start to the game but he would be taken off as he too had suffered an injury.

21-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters would come on for the remainder of the game in place of Aurier.

Now Tottenham must face Barcelona in midweek with Walker-Peters likely to be their only fit right-back.

However, Mauricio Pochettino claims he has no problem starting Walker-Peters vs Barca:

“The squad is the most important. Today Kyle Walker-Peters had the responsibility to play. If they [Trippier and Aurier] are not ready Kyle is going to play.

“He is a great player, younger, but he is going to give his best if we need to play with him.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, waves to the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Tottenham vs Barcelona

While Pochettino seems to have faith in Walker-Peters, that sub appearance vs Leicester was his first Premier League game this season.

Given the magnitude of the game vs Barca, starting Walker-Peters may be somewhat of a risk.

Tottenham head into their final Champions League group game second in the table.

However, they are on both level points and goal difference with 3rd place Inter Milan.

So, to ensure they qualify, they must beat Barcelona by the same or greater scoreline that Inter Milan will likely beat PSV by.

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