• Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling could all feature at Wembley on Wednesday.
  • Spurs already through to the last 16 as group winners but Apoel could still qualify for the Europa League.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will shuffle his pack for the club's final Champions League group match against Apoel Nicosia at Wembley on Wednesday [6 December].

Spurs have already qualified for the last 16 as group winners but must negotiate their final group match before attention turns to the knock-out phase.

Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen are all to be set to be rested after missing training on the eve of the game, while Hugo Lloris worked away from the main group in the gym. Dele Alli will start.

Victor Wanyama [knee] and Toby Alderweireld [hamstring] remain out, with Pochettino not expecting the former to return to training for a couple of weeks.

The Kenya international has only played twice this season and is now braced to miss what could be a key clash with Manchester City on 16 December, which comes after home games against Stoke City and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Erik Lamela was not included in Tottenham's Champions League and is therefore ineligible for the tie as his comeback from two bouts of hip surgery is curtailed.

As a result, Pochettino is set to recall Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who has made just four appearances in all competitions this season. The Frenchman has failed to make an impression since he swapped Marseille for north London in the summer of 2016 but his manager has been impressed by new-found attitude.

One player who will not be involved is the highly rated Marcus Edwards, who made his senior debut last season in the League Cup win over Gillingham and has been likened to Barcelona's Lionel Messi by Pochettino.

But the Tottenham boss has indicated that the 19-year-old has taken a step back in his development and suggests he might have been wrong to compare him to the five-time world footballer of the year.

"Maybe I made a mistake [with the Messi comparison]," he said, according to Football.London. "I believed it was positive and he would take it in a positive way. When you are young, sometimes you need more time. We still trust in him that he can be important. It's up to him to show us and everyone at Tottenham that he deserves it. He need to work hard, like different players. Never it's easy the last steps.

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Pochettino will give opportunities to a handful of youth players on Wednesday [6 December]. Getty Images