Tottenham without Trippier for round of 16 second leg
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Spurs have decided to leave the former Burnley defender back in England
Mauricio Pochettino will have a decision to make over who starts at right-back for Tottenham Hotspur in tonight’s Champions League round of 16 second leg away to Borussia Dortmund.
Spurs revealed on Monday Kieran Trippier didn’t travel to Germany after playing back-to-back games in the Premier League against Chelsea and Arsenal last week.
It means one of Serge Aurier or Kyle Walker-Peters is likely to start this crucial tie at the Westfalenstadion.
Aurier last featured for the Lilywhites in the 2-1 loss at Burnley on February 23 while academy graduate Walker-Peters has again found chances hard to come by this term.
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However, given Pochettino has handed plenty of opportunities to the captain of the Ivory Coast national team, he could spring a surprise and offer the England youngster an opening on this occasion.
In addition to Trippier, Tottenham are also without Dele Alli due to a hamstring issue, but he is progressing well and has started to integrate back into first-team training.
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Vincent Janssen is absent too because he was not included in Spurs’ squad list for the Champions League, yet there is more positive news on Eric Dier and Harry Winks.
Winks missed Saturday’s north London derby with a hip problem, but could be part of the team this evening.
It is unlikely the midfielder will start, although Pochettino will be pleased to be able to put him among the replacements.
Dier is in a similar boat as he works his way back from tonsillitis and looks set to be on the bench.
Elsewhere, Toby Alderweireld’s fitness could be protected with the Belgian starting the last three games.
If he does drop out of the starting XI, it could see Juan Foyth handed a chance or the Lilywhites may ditch their recent three at the back policy altogether.
Ben Davies is almost certain to be included from the off with Danny Rose on the end of some bruising tackles last weekend.
Spurs hold a 3-0 advantage following the first leg, but will be eager to avoid any type of complacency against the Bundesliga leaders as they look to reach the quarter-finals again for the first time since 2011.