Spurs have received a double injury boost ahead of tonight’s UEFA Europa Conference League crunch match…
The north Londoners must overturn a one-goal deficit to keep their European hopes alive as they welcome Portuguese outfit Pacos de Ferreira to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening.
Nuno Santo’s side are down by one goal and will have to win to qualify for the group stages of the competition. Failure to advance would leave the Lilywhites without a spot in Europe for the first time in over a decade.
“It is a must-win game,” the head coach told reporters in his pre-game press conference.
And their chances of pulling off a positive result have been boosted massively after the 47-year-old confirmed that two key players had recovered from injuries.
Cristian Romero missed Spurs’ trip to Wolves, whilst Heung-min Son limped off early during that clash on Sunday afternoon but when asked if the pair were available tonight, Nuno replied (via football.london):
“Yeah, like I said. Only it’s Joe [Rodon] and Cameron [Carter-Vickers] [who are absent through injury].”
This will undoubtedly leave the Hotspur faithful and the manager absolutely relieved as just like Nuno says, it’s a must-win for the club.
Spurs have already missed out on both the Champions League and the Europa League, thanks to their seventh-place finish last season, so this is the only chance they have to compete on the big stage this campaign.
Nuno rotated his side for their trip to Porto last week, with the Portuguese handing out no fewer than four debuts in what was a relatively young and inexperienced starting XI.
The likes of Byran Gil and Romero featured for the first time, whilst youth talents such as 17-year-old wonderkid Dane Scarlett and Nile John started from the off, too.
Given that this fixture is back on their happy hunting ground in N17, Nuno could be tempted to name a much stronger lineup, especially as he knows just how crucial a result is here tonight.
Therefore, having Son and Romero fit will come as a massive boost.
The South Korean sensation was Spurs’ second top-goalscorer and biggest creator last season, managing a squad-high two key chances created per game, via WhoScored.
These are the sorts of influences that Spurs could really do with in this must-win game.
Both the fanbase and Nuno himself should be delighted with this latest development.