Pochettino hopeful everyone in Spurs squad will be fit for final
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 May 2019
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Dele Alli had to be replaced during the 2-2 draw with Everton and Jan Vertonghen missed the Premier League encounter
Tottenham Hotspur will hope the three-week break before the Champions League final against Liverpool will allow the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Danny Rose to be fit for Madrid.
Spurs fans would have been concerned to see England international Alli not emerge after the break of Sunday's final-day clash with Everton in the Premier League.
It looked like the former MK Dons youngster felt his groin during the warm-up, but manager Maurico Pochettino is confident it is nothing to worry about after he played the opening 45 minutes of the 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He said: "His performance was very poor in the first half because he couldn't cope with the situation, so because of caution, he was out.
"I think it is not a problem, we need to assess him, but I think he was tired and for the circumstance again we played with him.
"But I think in a normal condition he was for sure not starting the game, but we started with him and before that problem starts something, at half time we made a substitution."
If Alli does have an injury issue, he will join Kane, Winks, Vertonghen, Sanchez and Rose on the sidelines.
The squad were given Monday and Tuesday off this week, but all were set to report for duty today.
Sanchez (thigh) and Rose (hamstring) seem to have only small problems, but Kane and Winks were fearful their seasons were over after receiving injuries last month.
Fortunately their Spurs team-mates extended the campaign by an extra three weeks after qualifying for the Champions League final.
The academy graduates have ankle and groin injuries respectively and recently begun on-field rehabilitation.
Elsewhere, Vertonghen continues to be assessed after sustaining an issue during the 3-2 win at Ajax last Wednesday.
But Spurs' number five appeared fine when he walked through the mixed zone following Sunday's game with Everton.
Pochettino, speaking after the 2-2 draw, added: "He was very down, which is normal because it's the last [league] game of the season, but it's a lot of time for him to come back.
"Like I always say, I hope to have all the squad available to play, but if someone is not available to play then it's about the team, a collective effort and of course we're going to play with XI in the end."
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