Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will not be enjoying the international break as much as he should considering the his growing injury list ahead of his team’s derby clash with Arsenal at Lunchtime next Saturday.

The Gunners who sit sixth in the Premier League welcome bitter rivals Tottenham for the first north London derby of the season.

But, six days before the crunch tie, Tottenham manager and fans have plenty to be worried about with nine first team stars down with varying knocks.

Three key Spurs players are major doubts for the Gunners game. They include French international goalie Hugo Lloris, who was originally listed as being sidelined for “at least 15 days” by Pochettino after the keeper suffered “a tear of the big abductor.”

While there’s a chance Lloris returns for the Arsenal match, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld are both likely to be missing. Wanyama has a serious knee problem, while Alderweireld picked up a hamstring problem in the Real Madrid match.

Staying with Tottenham’s backline, Jan Vertonghen picked up an ankle knock while playing for Belgium against Mexico. The hopes are that the injury is minor, and Vertonghen has stayed with the Belgium squad for now.

Harry Kane (knee), Harry Winks (ankle) and Dele Alli (thigh) have all been forced to miss England’s matches against Germany and Brazil with knocks.

Tottenham fans will be hoping their England trio all return for the Arsenal match.

The final injury concerns relate to Erik Lamela, who has been a long term absentee for Spurs, and back-up goalie Michel Vorm who is carrying a knee injury.

Author: Yemi Olarinre