Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has updated fans about when they can expect Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon to feature, with both having struggled with their fitness since summer moves.
Lo Celso has made three Premier League appearances since signing on loan from Real Betis in August, while Sessegnon is yet to make his debut after injuring his hamstring on England under-21 duty before the season started.
The 19-year-old was tipped to replace Danny Rose on the left if Tottenham opt to play with five defenders, and cost the club £30million in joining from Fulham.
Pochettino said: “It’s good news that from now, tomorrow, they are going to be involved with the team.
“That is a massive step. It’s been a lot of time they were out.
“Now it’s about building their fitness, their capacity to understand and to start to compete with their team-mates.
“The good thing in the last few days we saw in the training sessions is the players were fantastic in their behaviour and commitment and the level of the training sessions and the focus were fantastic.
“I’m so happy because of that.”
The Argentine boss was forced to deny rumours of unrest surrounding the club after the 7-2 and 3-0 defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton respectively before the international break, and mentioned a recent team bonding meal.
“When last week, you receive a text from the player inviting you and the coaching staff for a dinner only two things can happen,” Pochettino said.
“Because they want to say goodbye. Or because they feel that they love you and they want to show that they are with you.
“And I think it’s the second. They are not about to say goodbye to me. To say goodbye to me, say goodbye here. Not inviting me to dinner.”