Tottenham are sweating on the fitness of key midfield duo Ryan Mason and Christian Eriksen, with Mauricio Pochettino admitting that the pair will be assessed closer to Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace, as per International Business Times.
The mercurial Dane playmaker has been on the sidelines for a number of weeks, with the North London club missing his range of passing and creativity in the final third.
Mason meanwhile was hurt in the process of scoring the winner against Sunderland at the weekend, after putting in an admirable performance at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking after Spurs’ 3-1 win over Qarabag on Thursday night, the former Southampton boss has admitted that the pair will need to be given the once over before making a decision whether they can feature this weekend against London rivals Palace.
"I think he (Mason) is in a good position, he is much better than Sunday," Pochettino is quoted as saying by International Business Times.
"We need to assess tomorrow day-by-day. It is a big knock on his knee. It is not an injury or ligament, it is swollen and now he is in a process to recover. Maybe [he'll be fit].
“We need to assess Christian Eriksen too. Bentaleb is out and Mousa Dembele we need to assess, maybe yes, maybe no.”
Spurs got their first win of the domestic campaign against Sunderland at the weekend and will hope to build from Thursday’s Europa League success with another victory over Alan Pardew’s men at the weekend.
The White Hart Lane club have been notoriously poor in the Premier League in the aftermath of European fixtures, with high-flying Palace surely seeing the game as an opportunity to add Tottenham to their list of scalps this season.