Tottenham Hotspur have been handed rather mixed injury news ahead of Saturday's (10 September) Premier League trip to Stoke City. Captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris looks set to make a welcome return to action after missing matches against Crystal Palace and Liverpool with an injury that forced him off after just 35 minutes of an opening day draw at Everton.
However, Danny Rose will definitely be sidelined as a result of his own hamstring problem sustained on 2018 World Cup qualifying duty with England in Trnava last weekend. Mousa Dembele also serves the final match of his six-game violent conduct ban handed down by The Football Association (FA) in the aftermath of his altercation with Diego Costa during a feisty draw against Chelsea in May that handed Leicester City the title.
"Hugo is ready and available to play," Mauricio Pochettino was quoted as saying by the club in advance of his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.
"He's in a good condition to travel. Danny is out. He's very disappointed after the game v Slovakia – sometimes this happens, hopefully it's not too bad.
He added: "Mousa Dembele is serving the last game of his suspension – it will be good to have him available again."
Pochettino also confirmed that £30m ($39.9m) recruit Moussa Sissoko is in good condition after featuring for France in their 3-1 friendly win over Italy and a World Cup qualifying stalemate in Belarus, with a decision on whether or not he will be handed his Tottenham debut at the bet365 Stadium set to be made tomorrow.
Erik Lamela would be the most likely candidate to make way for the new arrival, given that he only returned to England today after playing 67 minutes of Argentina's 2-2 draw against Venezuela last night. Spurs, who also signed pacy winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and stopper Pau Lopez on deadline day, begin their first Champions League campaign for six years with a Group E tie against Monaco at Wembley on Wednesday.
"Sissoko is maybe in the squad," Pochettino added, as per The Sentinel. "He arrived with us for the first time yesterday and he was in a good condition, but I will decide tomorrow.
"He can help us a lot. You know how he is because last season at Newcastle and in the Euros he was fantastic. He is a player who can bring experience, he is fast and strong and when you play a lot of games you need a lot of competition to maintain your levels."