Thursday 23 January 2020

Poch won't let Lo Celso dull Blades

Giovani Lo Celso
Giovani Lo Celso

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Giovani Lo Celso will not be in his side against Sheffield United today.

Lo Celso made his first start for Spurs in Wednesday's Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade and impressed, scoring first in a 4-0 victory.

But having only recently come back from a hip injury, Pochettino suggested that the short turnaround between games might count against Lo Celso.

"I need to assess tomorrow morning, it is a very short period to recover," Pochettino said.

"Some players suffer some small issues. We are going to play three games in six days.

"I need to assess, I still have not decided the starting XI for tomorrow."

Ryan Sessegnon could feature, having come off the bench in the last two games after the start to his Spurs career was blighted by a hamstring injury.

His return to fitness has seen him called up to the England Under-21s squad for the games against Albania and Holland.

Pochettino, as was with Lo Celso's call-up to the Argentina squad, said he would prefer it if Sessegnon was staying at the club's training ground.

He said: "It is the same answer as I gave you with Lo Celso last week. I accept when the national team asks for your player or calls them up. To be honest I prefer that the player should be here training with us and be available to play 90 minutes."

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