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Poch Would Have No Issue Picking Walker-Peters

Poch Would Have No Issue Picking Walker-Peters

Mauricio Pochettino will have no issue picking Kyle Walker-Peters against Barcelona if Serge Aurier isn’t fully fit by Tuesday.

Pochettino was asked about the fitness of the Ivory Coast international after Aurier was forced off in the second half of Spurs’ 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday. “We’ll see,” he replied.

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“We need to assess tomorrow. We don’t know. I really don’t know if he’s going to be ready or not to play [against Barcelona].”

Walker-Peters replaced Aurier for the conclusion of the match at the King Power Stadium and, with Kieran Trippier currently out, he could be involved from the start at the Nou Camp.

“I think he’s ready to play,” said Pochettino when asked if he would you be happy to throw the 21-year-old into such a high-pressure game.

“All the players that we have in the squad, the younger ones like Oliver Skipp or Troy Parrott, who was involved today for the first time, it’s because they’re involved in the first team during days, during weeks, during months, and it’s only to give the possibility to play.

“I don’t doubt and I am not worried about players who are injured or don’t perform in their best, because we have another who can replace them. I promise we are going to win or lose with one or another.”

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