Tottenham Hotspur are in the midst of a bit of a right-back crisis this pre-season, after selling Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid last month.

Pochettino had been using Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth in pre-season matches up until last night when the latter had to be stretchered off the Allianz Arean pitch.

Foyth appeared to twist his ankle off the ball when defending in the box and the early signs didn’t look too good for the Argentine, who is banned for the first two Prem matches anyway.

Serge Aurier, who was also used at right-back last season, has not yet been seen in the 2019 pre-season after sustaining an injury on duty with the Ivory Coasts at the African Cup of Nations.

Spurs’ decision to sell Trippier may be looking less wise by the day, but the right-back did indicate last week that he left due to problems behind the scenes (Sky Sports).

Tripps has now come out and clarified exactly what he meant by the comments (BBC): “There’s no excuse for what happened last season.

“Some things happened – nothing bad, it was just injuries and hearing things like I won’t be there next season in the media.

“It was in the back of my mind: ‘Did they want me?’

“It was important to know – that’s why I sat down with the manager [Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs boss] in pre-season and asked the question.

“I feel fit and ready for a new challenge, a new chapter for me and my family – and I’m raring to go now.”

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