Pochettino hopes key trio will make the Champions League final despite injuries

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Dom Le Roy

It feels like it has been a while, but there may finally be some good news on the injury front for Tottenham Hotspur.

After securing a spot in the Champions League final with a sensational comeback on Wednesday night, all the talk turned to who would be available on June 1st.

Harry Kane missed out on the semi-final after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in the quarters, while Harry Winks underwent surgery on his groin a matter of weeks ago (Tottenham).

Jan Vertonghen was also seen leaving Ajax’s stadium on crutches and in a protective boot after he picked up a knock in the first half but decided to play on (HLN).

However, Pochettino has now revealed that he hopes all three will make the trip to Madrid in early June to face Liverpool in the final, which would be a major boost for the squad.

Erik Lamela also returned to the pitch towards the end of the Ajax match.

On Vertonghen Poch said (Football London): “We need to assess, I think it is not a big issue because he finished the game, but it’s true that now his ankle is swollen, but we hope it is not a big problem.”

On Kane and Winks and the three-week wait, he added: “With our circumstances, it is good for us, because it gives us time to recover some players like Harry Kane or Harry Winks and to have all of the squad fit to play the most important game in the history of the club. It is fantastic to have the possibility to recover the players and have the squad fit, to have more possibility to have more alternatives. For us, it is good today.

“Maybe for Liverpool, it is not so good. It all depends on circumstance, for our circumstance it is good. I don’t like too much to wait three weeks, not competing. You don’t know if you are on holidays, on pre-season. It is so difficult because we need to care a lot about every single person and how it affects your mind, if you disconnect your mind. Maybe you cannot start again if you stop after Sunday. It is so difficult, but to be clinical in my answer, I think it is very good.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Having Winks, Kane, and Vertonghen in the starting line up against Liverpool would be a huge boost. It would be the first time in a good while that Pochettino would be able to field his strongest XI. The only problem would be deciding who to drop to bring the players back in, especially after Lucas Moura’s heroics against Ajax.

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