TOTTENHAM’S bid for Champions League glory has been dealt another massive blow – with Moussa Sissoko a major doubt for both legs of their semi-final against Ajax.
The France midfielder has been ruled out for two weeks with a groin problem.
That means he will definitely miss the home leg against the Dutch giants next Tuesday – and be a huge doubt for the return in Amsterdam the following Wednesday.
“I hope he can recover before but I’m not optimistic.”
Spurs were already without striker Harry Kane for both ties while Son Heung-min is suspended for the first leg.
And with Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier all recovering from injuries, Tottenham face going into two of the biggest matches in their history without several of their key stars.
Sissoko joined the casuality list when he injurred his groin the first half of their dramatic quarter-final second leg at Manchester City on Wednesday.
The swashbuckling star, who has emerged as one of Tottenham’s best players this season, missed their 1-0 Premier League defeat at the Etihad on Saturday.
Fellow midfielder Winks has missed Tottenham’s last three matches with a groin injury.
And Pochettino admitted he does not know when the England man will return.
He said: “It’s a problem that one day is very good and one not so good. It’s about assessing every day.
“We will see, maybe he will be available soon but I’m not sure.”
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Right-back Aurier suffered a hamstring injury while playing for the Ivory Coast last month and has only just returned to training.
But good news for Tottenham is keeper Hugo Lloris could return against the Seagulls after missing Saturday loss at City with a muscle problem.
Pochettino said: “We hope it is not a big issue – hopefully he is going to be available.”
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