Alex Pritchard has been out injured since the early weeks of the season.
Pochettino said: “Pritchard is still out, he’s had a difficult recovery. He has started to run, but it is a slow recovery. It’s difficult to say the time to recovery, every week we assess [Pritchard].”
Pritchard started this season as part of Pochettino’s first-team, having excelled whilst on loan with Brentford in the Championship last term, and made his first Premier League appearance of the term with a five minute cameo against Everton.
However, he was injured after that game, and has been out of action since then, with Pochettino unable to give an estimated recovery time for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder.
He has started physical work in training again, being allowed to run, but the head coach has given no indication that he is yet working with the ball, either in a solo or team capacity.
This was the worst possible way for Pritchard to start his season, with many expecting the England youth international to establish himself in the Spurs first-team this campaign.
He was vying for positions in which there was not much depth, but his injury coincided with the signings of Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son, who look to have moved ahead of him in the pecking order.
He has also not been helped by the form of Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli, who have exceeded all expectations this term and forced themselves to become key players for Pochettino.
When Pritchard does return, surely in the New Year, he will be behind all of his other teammates, and will struggle to break back into Pochettino’s team for the remainder of the season.