Tottenham handed potential injury boost ahead of Barcelona game

Tottenham will be hoping to kick-start their Champions League ambitions when they host Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Throwing away a 1-0 lead at the San Siro last month, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are looking for their first win in this years competition.

Ahead of the visit from the defending Spanish champions, it’s being reported that the Lilywhites could be boosted by two potential returns.

The Spurs boss is hopeful that both Christian Eriksen and captain Hugo Lloris will be available for selection.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur applauds fans prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham FC at Wembley Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Pochettino hopeful on Eriksen and Lloris

Since losing three on the bounce last month, Tottenham have done an impressive job of bouncing back.

Coming off the back of a 2-0 win over Huddersfield, Wednesday’s hosts have now strung together a hat-trick of wins.

However, Pochettino will be glad to see the potential return of two key men.

Tottenham’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper has been sidelined with a thigh injury since their 3-0 win at Old Trafford five weeks ago.

With deputy goalkeeper Michel Vorm also picking up an injury, third choice Paulo Gazzaniga has been trying to fill the void.

While the 26-year-old has impressed, the return of Lloris would be a huge bonus.

Pochettino is also hopeful that his Danish playmaker could feature on Wednesday.

Eriksen was forced to miss Saturday’s victory with a stomach injury but returned to training on Monday.

While two players are set to return, Pochettino will face a late call on both Jan Veronghan and Mousa Dembele.

Both the Belgian internationals were forced off at half-time during Saturday’s win at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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)

Pochettino on managing Barcelona

After Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid’s manager last season, many Tottenham fans thought Los Blancos would come knocking.

However, still in North London, a win on Wednesday would be extra special for Pochettino.

The former Southampton boss spent six years at Barca’s bitter rivals Espanyol as both a player and manager.

The 46-year-old told Marca his ties with Espanyol have ruled him out of ever taking the hot seat at the Nou Camp.

“It’s something that is more than understood. I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”

“Winning a game is always nice and when you win against Barcelona, even more so because that would mean something important for us.”


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