Mauricio Pochettino admits he may have disappointed Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Wimmer

Kevin Wimmer was dropped to the bench for Tottenham Hotspur's most recent match, following Jan Vertonghen's return.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham Hotspur’s official Periscope channel that he may have disappointed Kevin Wimmer with his latest team selection.

With Jan Vertonghen out injured, Wimmer had stepped in to replace the Belgian centre-back and he had performed admirably in the heart of Tottenham’s defence.

The Austrian international managed to form a great partnership with Toby Alderweireld, and he helped Spurs maintain the best defensive record of any side in the Premier League.

However, Wimmer was dropped from Tottenham’s team for their last match against Manchester United, with Vertonghen reclaiming his spot in the side again.

The 28-year-old had been out since January, but he did not look short of match sharpness, as he helped Spurs pick up an impressive 3-0 victory over the Red Devils.

Vertonghen now looks likely to remain in Tottenham’s starting line-up until the end of the season, but Pochettino has urged Wimmer not to give up hope.

“It’s tougher now for him to keep fighting and improve every day,” Pochettino said. “He should never give up. Maybe he will feel disappointed because he’s not playing, but he needs to be clever and keep fighting.”

Wimmer has made 21 appearances in all competition for the Lilywhites this season, but unless injury hits again he is unlikely to add to that total.

Spurs’ next fixture comes against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday evening.

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