Tottenham suffer double injury blow ahead of Barcelona clash


Tottenham suffer double injury blow ahead of Barcelona clash – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted that he could be without Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele against Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
In Tottenham’s win over Huddersfield Town, Vertonghen and Dembele were both substituted at half-time.  Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks were brought on for the injured pair, with Eric Dier replacing Vertonghen at the back.
Vertonghen is believed to have suffered hamstring injury that he picked up just 15 minutes into the game. Dembele received a knock that will be looked at before a decision is made on his availability.
The duo are now major doubts for their upcoming midweek fixture and aren’t the only ones Pochettino could be without. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have hamstring and abdominal injuries and could be absent in midweek.
As per Sky Sports, the Spurs boss said: “We need to assess tomorrow and after tomorrow both (Vertonghen and Dembele). We’ll see what happens but for now it’s impossible to say anything.”
With four key players potentially out for Tottenham’s clash with Barca, Pochettino’s men could be in trouble. They lost their group stage opener to Inter Milan and can’t afford to drop more points if they want to progress to the knockouts.
After failing to make a permanent signing in the summer, Spurs’ squad will be stretched thin on account of their injury woes of late, forcing the manager into changes and limiting his options.
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Better than Pogba and Martial – West Ham favourite embarrasses Manchester United duo on Saturday


Better than Pogba and Martial – West Ham favourite embarrasses Manchester United duo on Saturday – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble impressed in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Manchester United and embarrassed two of his opponents in the process. As per WhoScored, the Hammers legend (one chance created, one assist made) was better than Paul Pogba (zero chances created) and Anthony Martial (zero chances created) – two players who were hooked off by manager Jose Mourinho due to their poor performances.
It was West Ham’s second win of the season and saw them go 13th in the Premier League with seven points from as many games, just three points adrift of Manchester United. Noble out-performing Pogba and Martial will certainly irk Mourinho, but the overall performance of the side was to blame for the outcome.
United’s starting eleven was intriguing with Scott McTominay operate at the heart of the backline and Maurouane Fellaini in midfield. West Ham capitalised on the weaker opposition and Noble was at the heart of everything good. He made three tackles, more than Pogba, Fellaini and Matic combined, and made more passes (67) than any of his teammates. Noble was also adept at turning defence into attack, completing nine of 13 long balls attempted.
It’s also worth noting that only Matic made more touches (103) than Noble (81) on Saturday afternoon, highlighting how much influence he had at the London Stadium – a performance manager Manuel Pellegrini could be proud of.
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