Pochettino unsure of Winks’ England availability


According to an article with Sky Sports Mauricio Pochettino has cast doubts on Harry Winks’ availability for England’s up coming friendlies with Germany and Brazil after the young midfielder twisted his ankle in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace.

The in-form star was replaced by Mousa Dembele at half-time at Wembley after he went down holding his ankle just before half time
His absence will mean Gareth Southgate’s options are limited after injury forced Spurs team mate Dele Alli to withdraw from his latest squad.

Pochettino said: “He twisted his ankle. It’s a little bit painful.
“We must assess him with our medical staff and with the national team medical staff too. He’s so excited to play for the national team. I don’t know (if he can play). It’s about him and both (teams of) medical staff.

Pochettino added “Dele Alli against Manchester United finished the game feeling his posterior tendon, close to the hamstring, and then played 90 minutes against Real Madrid.
“It’s a very, very, very small thing. It was a massive risk (to play him) again. We’re sure he’ll be ready for Arsenal (after the international break). We hope he’s going well in the next few weeks and will be available.

He continued: “We wanted after 75 minutes to protect (the substituted Harry) Kane. He’s okay, he’s going with the national team.
“The Christmas period is so tough for the players. You cannot do too much; only have good communication and a good relationship with the national team and explain the situation with everyone and trust they will manage them in a good

On the result and the game Pochettino said “We knew it would be a massive challenge for us to be ready again and fresh after (Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat of Real Madrid). But I am very pleased. The result was fantastic even if it wasn’t our best performance.”

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