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Mousa and Danny to feature against West Ham? Mauricio's update...

Posted on 24 October 2017  - 16:45

Mousa Dembele is back in the squad and could feature alongside Danny Rose against West Ham in the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Wednesday night (8pm).

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Mauricio Pochettino reported that midfielder Mousa had trained well this week and full-back Danny had a chance of making his first start since January after returning to action off the bench against Real Madrid last week. Danny was also in the 18 for Sunday’s 4-1 win against Liverpool.

Mousa has been sidelined for over a month with an ankle problem and Mauricio reported on Tuesday: “He’s on the (squad) list. I need to decide the starting 11 tomorrow. He’s doing well in the last few days and it’s always important to have nearly all the squad available.”

As for Danny, Mauricio added: “We need to wait one day more but maybe he’ll have the possibility to play from the beginning.”

Mauricio will use his full squad again. “We are resting players because they need to rest and we do not want to take risks,” he explained. “The players are not machines and we need to assess them and take the best decisions to try to be competitive and try to win.

“All the players we believe are available with no risk will play - players who can be fresh and ready to compete because it’s a derby and we want to to go to the next round of the Carabao Cup.

“We know it will be tough but it’s important to trust the squad to show they can play and help the team keep that momentum.

“It’s a great opportunity for the squad to show they are available to compete in different competitions.”