Mauricio Pochettino has said that Harry Winks is in doubt for England’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil because of twisting his ankle in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace.
Winks was replaced by Mousa Dembele at half-time after he went down holding his ankle before then. If he is absent then it will further limit Gareth Southgate’s options after injury forced Dele Alli to withdraw from the squad.
Speaking after Sunday’s game Pochettino said, “He twisted his ankle. It’s a little bit painful. We must assess him with our medical staff and with the national team medical staff too. He’s so excited to play for the national team. I don’t know (if he can play). It’s about him and both (teams of) medical staff.”
Dele Alli injured his hamstring and missed this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace. Speaking about Alli before Sunday’s game Pochettino said, “Dele suffered a minor injury in his hamstring after the game against Real. It’s not a big issue but he’s not available.”
After the game he elaborated saying, “It’s a very, very, very small thing. It was a massive risk (to play him) again. We’re sure he’ll be ready for Arsenal (after the international break). We hope he’s going well in the next few weeks and will be available. We wanted after 75 minutes to protect (the substituted Harry) Kane. He’s okay, he’s going with the national team.”
Pochettino went on to say that the Christmas period is tough for players and that there is no much he can do other than “have good communication and a good relationship with the national team and explain the situation with everyone and trust they will manage them in a good way.”