[NEW]: “We need to protect him”: Pochettino worried Tottenham star has chronic injury

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Kieran Trippier’s groin downside could also be power after the defender limped off throughout Tottenham’s Three-1 victory over Southampton Wednesday night time.

Trippier returned to the line-up for the primary time since struggling the harm, which was a recurrence of a groin downside he first skilled on the World Cup.

A lot of Spurs gamers have sustained muscle mass accidents since coming back from Russia, and Trippier appears to be probably the most affected of those that have been sidelined.

It appears to be like as if the right-back could now must spend extra time on the remedy desk, and Pochettino is frightened the difficulty could also be persistent.

“I feel it’s the identical downside – the identical downside that began within the World Cup,” Pochettino stated after Wednesday’s win (by way of ESPN).

“Should you keep in mind the semifinal in opposition to Croatia, when he left the pitch, I feel to play after three days in opposition to Belgium, I feel possibly it affected [him] slightly bit. Now he’s struggling in that scenario.

“In conditions like at this time when the pitch isn’t in a superb situation, this space – the groin – suffers extra when the pitch is completely different.

“It’s a factor that we have to care loads for him, defend him. He must work loads to guard and type that downside. It will likely be an extended interval for him struggling this sort of downside.

“After I was in Argentina as a 19-year-old I suffered and it’s an space that’s tough to kind out. However I don’t imagine it’s a giant factor. It’s solely he must begin to settle for that scenario and reside with generally some ache, and play.”

Tottenham eased previous Southampton due to targets from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son earlier than Charlie Austin pulled one again in stoppage time, regardless of showing to be in an offside place.

Pochettino’s males journey to Leicester Metropolis on Saturday night time earlier than an enormous journey to Barcelona within the Champions League subsequent week.

Serge Aurier could also be compelled to play in each matches if Trippier is dominated out. Pochettino might additionally flip to Kyle Walker-Peters if obligatory.

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