Pochettino confirms Ryan Mason is almost ready, gives Alex Pritchard update

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been discussing the injured duo.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are both still out of action ahead of his side's FA Cup trip to Colchester United.

But the Argentine insists both are close to fitness and will be training with the first team again very soon.

Indeed, Mason could be back in full training as soon as Monday, according to Pochettino, who will likely pick a strong team to face Colchester but could throw in the odd surprise selection in a bid to give some fringe players more game time.

As far as Pritchard is concerned, meanwhile, his comeback from injury has been a very long one indeed. And perhaps Spurs are simply saving him for next season.

The 22-year-old is a promising talent but Tottenham have plenty of options in attacking midfield and up front right now.

Pritchard hasn't been rushed back and it looks as though the north London side are happy to take his recovery period rather slow, possibly slower than someone who would be needed for the first team.

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