Sissoko unlikely to be ready for Ajax in Champions League 1st leg

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Moussa Sissoko‘s best campaign in a Spurs shirt had helped the North London outfit to make a run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals, but it will have to take its next step in progression without the midfielder.

Mauricio Pochettino revealed Monday that Sissoko would be unavailable for the first leg of the semifinal against Ajax.

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Tottenham hosts Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday and West Ham United on Saturday before beginning the tie with Ajax, as Spurs aim for a Top Four place. From The Daily Mail:

“Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks, we hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic,” Pochettino said. “Harry Winks we don’t know because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day. We hope he will be available for Tuesday but we are not sure.”

Sissoko’s absence puts more pressure on Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama. Dier was rusty in Saturday’s loss to Man City, while Wanyama has impressed but has not gone 90 minutes in back-to-back league matches this season.