Our goalkeeper and skipper missed the midweek draw with Sunderland through illness with Michel Vorm stepping into the breach to keep a clean sheet.
But Mauricio Pochettino reported this afternoon (Friday, February 3) that he expects to have the Frenchman back for our meeting with Boro.
“Hugo trained yesterday and today and we hope that for tomorrow he will be available,” he told Spurs TV. “We are happy, (he’s had) good evolution and if all is going normally he will be in the team.”
Mauricio does have a number of absentees for the game, however. Danny Rose will see a specialist on Monday over a knee problem while Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (knee) and Kieran Trippier (hip) remain sidelined, although the manager says the latter two are making rapid progress.
“GK is much better,” he said. “For tomorrow he is out but he is much better. Kieran Trippier is still out but is much better too in the same level and be sure for next week he will be available.”
On longer-term absentees Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hip), Mauricio added: “Jan Vertonghen is doing better, he’s started to run on the pitch, he is very positive and we’ll see in the next few weeks how he is doing but we are very positive about him.
“Erik Lamela’s progression is good – every day is step-by-step going ahead. It’s better to be cautious but we are positive and happy.”
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