Our predicted Tottenham line-up appears in disarray after Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on twitter that a key quartet of players have been left behind for the trip to Russia. Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko have all stayed in London having failed to come up from injury.
Ben Davies, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela thus will likely start on Tuesday night, It’s by no means a disaster given the depth of options available now to Pochettino, but it’s far from ideal. With 250 Spurs fans travelling to the game amidst calls for them to avoid wearing team colours outside the ground, the absentees add yet another challenging dimension to the encounter against CSKA. Already without Harry Kane, it’s almost half their best team missing.
There was better news for Spurs surrounding Kane however, with Pochettino suggesting the news on his ankle injury was, “much, much better” than expected. Still reluctant to put a timeframe on his return, they suggestion of, “two, may three weeks” out however, is far more positive than the 6-8 weeks that was initially feared.
Spurs go into the game in Moscow needing a result to keep their chances alive in Group E of the Champions League.