Pochettino hopes to have Lloris and Eriksen back for Barcelona tie

Mauricio Pochettino hopes to welcome back Christian Eriksen and captain Hugo Lloris for Wednesday’s mouthwatering Champions League clash against Barcelona. Spurs’ European campaign got off to false start against Inter a fortnight ago when late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino cancelled out Eriksen’s opener and condemned Pochettino to a third straight defeat for the first time since he took charge of the north London club. Tottenham have recovered and strung together a hat-trick of wins without Lloris, who suffered a thigh injury during last month’s 3-0 win over Manchester United. Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga have deputised for the France World Cup winner, but, according to the Telegraph, the 31-year-old could be set for his first appearance since pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving.

Eriksen, meanwhile, missed Saturday’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield with a stomach injury, but trained on Monday.

Pochettino, however, is still sweating on the fitness of Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele, both of whom were withdrawn at half-time at the John Smith’s Stadium.


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