Spurs team news: Mauricio Pochettino handed double fitness boost for Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea

January 24, 2019 - Comment

Moussa Sissoko returned to training on Wednesday (Getty Images) Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that both Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko are in contention to face Chelsea during Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg. Spurs are bidding to reach their first final in four years when they make the short trip to Stamford Bridge and hold


Moussa Sissoko returned to training on Wednesday (Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that both Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko are in contention to face Chelsea during Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Spurs are bidding to reach their first final in four years when they make the short trip to Stamford Bridge and hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty at Wembley.

Their chances of progression have been hurt with Kane and Dele Alli injured and Heung-Min Son also unavailable with South Korea set to face Qatar in the Asian Cup quarter-final on Friday.

Nevertheless, Lucas and Sissoko provided Pochettino a timely boost by returning to training on Wednesday while Victor Wanyama is also closing in on a first-team return.

Lucas Moura was injured against Tranmere but could face Chelsea (Getty Images)

Speaking before Thursday’s game, Pochettino said: ‘Sissoko and Lucas are back in contention for tomorrow and Wanyama is hopefully back for the weekend for the FA Cup.

‘It is very good news in the last few days to ‘recover’ Moussa and Lucas. Wanyama is so close [having been out since November with a knee injury].’

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Lucas has been absent for three weeks after suffering a knee injury during the FA Cup third round tie against Tranmere, while Sissoko missed Sunday’s game against Fulham with a groin strain sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Given Spurs’ shortage of options in attack, Lucas’ return is particularly good news with the Brazilian having scored nine goals in 36 games for the club this season.

Fernando Llorente was handed a rare start in the 2-1 win over Fulham but failed to take his chance, scoring an own goal in the game and Lucas could threaten to take his place up front.

Sissoko, meanwhile, has been a revelation for Spurs this season, finally establishing himself as a key member of Pochettino’s side having joined from Newcastle back in 2016.

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