Mauricio Pochettino gives Tottenham injury update ahead of Europa League tie

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Tottenham Hotspur take on Qarabag FK on Thursday, with a selection dilemma ahead of the game.

Speaking in a press conference, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has given an injury update ahead of Thursday’s Europa League fixture against Qarabag FK.

Ryan Mason, who was struck down by injury in the process of scoring the winning goal for Spurs against Sunderland, is still out of action, whilst Mousa Dembele is also out of the game due to the ankle injury he picked up prior to the Sunderland game.

Christian Eriksen, who has made just two appearances this term, continues his spell on the sidelines, and Nabil Bentaleb is expected to be out for at least another two weeks.

The lack of midfield cover due to the injuries, and the likely unwillingness to utilise Eric Dier again considering the upcoming Premier League game against Crystal Palace, means that Pochettino has something of a selection dilemma for the game with Qarabag.

Dele Alli can play in that deeper role, but also is sure to be utilised in the Premier League at the weekend meaning he does not want to be entering that game short of fitness, leaving Harry Winks and Tom Carroll as the most probable duo for the double-pivot role.

However, they are both fairly lightweight, and will not offer the defensive cover that a player such as Dier or Bentaleb does.

This issue means that Pochettino will either have to risk the game on Thursday by fielding a weaker midfield, or risk the weekend’s game with Palace by naming his first-choice midfield against Qarabag, in the knowledge that they will be tired at the weekend.

And on current form, risking the game with Palace could be a monumental mistake.

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