Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Kieran Trippier is expected to be fit for Saturday’s Premier League match against Everton, reports football.london.
The 26-year-old withdrew from England duty last week, but has since recovered in time for this weekend’s clash at Goodison Park.
Following Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, Pochettino has had Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as his main options.
The latter impressed in the opening match against Newcastle United, but it became clear in games against Chelsea and Burnley that Trippier was first choice.
The deadline-day signing of Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain has thrown a spanner into the works, but Pochettino told reporters in his pre-match press conference this week that it will be “tough” for the Ivorian to be ready for the Everton match.
The Argentine did not, however, completely rule out the prospect of Aurier making an appearance on the day.
Despite some impressive outings towards the end of last season, Trippier has not looked completely confident in the role, particularly when defending.
The England international has suffered criticism from fans for his recent performances, but throwing in Walker-Peters could be a risk in a game of this magnitude.
Pressure is on Tottenham to get a result following defeat to Chelsea and a late draw against Burnley, so it is important for Pochettino to have a starting XI that can cope with the demand.
Aurier is likely to become first choice over time, but he has only just arrived at the club and putting him in the starting lineup presents a risk of its own.
Trippier is likely to be selected, but if he does not improve then he could find himself back on the bench.