Boost for Tottenham Hotspur as Juventus star Dybala emerges as doubt for showdown

Tottenham Hotspur could receive a big boost on Tuesday night as Juventus star Paulo Dybala is reportedly an injury doubt for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

According to Calciomercato, the attacker trained separately to his teammates over the weekend as he continues recovery from a hamstring injury.

The 24-year-old has not played since the club’s 1-0 win over Cagliari on January 6.

Dybala played 50 minutes of the game before being withdrawn injured, and judging by these latest reports, he is unlikely to feature against Tottenham.

If Massimiliano Allegri decides against risking the Argentine, then it could potentially swing the last-16 tie in Tottenham’s favour.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have a big battle ahead of them as they face a team that have not been beaten in their last 11 Serie A fixtures.

Dybala has been an influential figure, though, scoring 14 goals and creating three assists in 19 league outings, 14 of which were starts.

Without his presence, Tottenham’s task could be made slightly easier, especially as the first leg is away in Turin.