Tottenham travel to San Siro to take on Italian Champions AC Milan in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, with Antonio Conte’s side looking to get past the first knockout round for the first time since they lost to Liverpool in the 2018/19 final of the competition.
They come into the tie in mixed form, having lost three and won two of their last five Premier League games, but will face a Milan side in similarly patchy form, with Rafael Leao and co. having won once in their last five Serie A matches, including three defeats, and currently 18 points behind runaway league leaders Napoli.
We took a look at how Spurs are likely to line up, and the latest on their squad’s fitness, below.
Spurs head into the tie with a raft of injuries, and have not been helped by their 4-1 defeat to Leicester, which cost them more than just three points. Rodrigo Bentancur who has been a revelation in Antonio Conte’s midfield ranks since his arrival 12 months ago, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, while Ryan Sessegnon is also expected to miss six weeks with a hamstring issue, both sustained at the King Power Stadium.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris suffered a knee injury in the dying stages of Spurs’ 1-0 home win over Premier League champions Manchester City that will see him sidelined for between six to eight weeks, and leaves only backup goalkeeper Forster as a senior option among the Tottenham ranks.
To make matters worse, summer signing Yves Bissouma is out having undergone surgery ‘on Friday to repair a stress fracture to his left ankle’, while Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is suspended for the first leg at San Siro, leaving a midfield duo of Pape Sarr and Oliver Skipp the most likely outcome for the lilywhites.