Mauricio on Trips' fitness
Fri 07 December 2018, 14:23|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino said the Club will create a plan for Kieran Trippier to help him get through 90 minutes.
The full-back made an impressive return to action against Southampton on Wednesday night after three weeks out. However, after playing a part in all three goals in our 3-1 win at Wembley, he was forced off late with a groin problem.
‘Trips’ continues to be assessed by our medical staff and speaking after training on Friday, Mauricio reported: “He’s not available for Leicester. It’s common sense, normal after 48 hours (after Southampton) to give rest and try to assess.
“Now it’s good to create a plan for him to be right for the moment he’s going to play again, he can cope with 90 minutes, not like the previous game where we were always trying to manage the situation during the game because we’re thinking he cannot cope with 90 minutes.
“The most important thing now is to assess him, create a plan and make sure that the next time he’s available he can cope with 90 minutes and he can play without risk, although we appreciate it's impossible to play 100 per cent without risk."
Juan Foyth also misses the Leicester game with a hamstring problem. Mauricio explained: “It’s not a big issue and we won’t take a risk with him. He’s out for Saturday, he cannot play at Barcelona but I’m sure he will be ready for the next game (Burnley).”
Our busy schedule in December - nine games in all competitions - takes us to Leicester (Saturday), Barcelona (Tuesday) and back to Wembley to face Burnley (Saturday 15 December) in the next week.
How were the players coping so far? “The squad is okay,” added Mauricio. “Of course, some players are more tired than others and that’s why in the last two days after the Southampton game we’re assessing everyone.
“It’s a massive effort from all the staff giving the tools to the players to be fresh again and ready to compete. In the same way, we need to manage the squad, do some rotation and be right in the selection of the starting 11 for another tough game on Saturday.”