Moussa Sissoko will miss the Tottenham Hotspur visit to Liverpool on Tuesday night (25 October) after Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Spurs accepted a Football Association violent conduct charge against the midfielder. Meanwhile, the Argentinian boss said that the EFL Cup fourth round trip to Anfield will come too early for Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld while ruling out 17-year-old Marcus Edwards due to an injury.
Sissoko, the former Newcastle midfielder, faced a three-match suspension which will see missing next month's north London derby trip to Arsenal after being charged for an alleged act of violent conduct for elbowing Harry Arter during the weekend draw at Bournemouth. Tottenham have until 6pm on Tuesday to respond but, speaking ahead of the EFL Cup trip to Liverpool, Pochettino revealed Spurs are not planning to do so.
"I need to say the elbow was in the face of Arter and it is clear," the Tottenham boss said in as quoted by BBC. "We accept the charge and now to move forward and three games suspended.
"We are in a period where we need all the squad, all the players to compete. It's difficult now because he is a player who was in our plans to play tomorrow so we have to change a little bit."
The manager also confirmed that Kane and Alderweireld will remain on the sidelines despite the duo making good progress in their recoveries.
Kane is yet to player a game since suffering suffering an ankle injury during Tottenham's 1-0 win over Sunderland on 18 September. Alderweireld, meanwhile, has missed the last two games against Bayer Leverkusen and Bournemouth after being forced out with a knee injury during the Premier League draw at West Brom on 15 October.
Meanwhile, the boss revealed young Edwards is also facing a spell on the sidelines due to the ankle injury he sustained in the preparation of the Champions League clash with Bayer. The news are a blow for the youngster as he was expected to play a part against Liverpool as Pochettino plans to rotate his line-up ahead of a busy run of fixtures which will see Tottenham facing Leicester, Bayer Leverkusen themselves and Arsenal in the coming days.
"Michel is at a great level. We are lucky to have two keepers plus Pau Lopez who is very young and has come from Spain, as well as the younger ones that we have behind them," Pochettino confirmed. "It's a good opportunity to show that we are Tottenham – not only names. Football is a collective sport and the names that could play tomorrow are not important because Tottenham need to show the quality, the intensity and the way that we play."
"After that we have a few doubts because we've played three very tough games (over the last week) and there are some issues that we need to check for tomorrow. We'll see," the Tottenham boss added. "We have a strong squad where all can play and maybe some players will have the opportunity to show that they have the quality to play."