Tottenham vs Ajax preview: Moussa Sissoko in contention following groin injury
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Last Updated: 30/04/19 5:55pm
Tottenham were handed a big boost ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax with the return to training of Moussa Sissoko.
The France midfielder has missed the last three games due to a groin problem, but trained at Hotspur Way on Monday.
Defender Jan Vertonghen was rested during Tottenham's 1-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday but he was also in action.
Striker Harry Kane, meanwhile, cut a lonely figure in the club's gym as he did rehabilitation work on his injured ankle.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino has previously said the England captain could be fit if Spurs make the Champions League final.
Tottenham later announced that Sissoko and Vertonghen will be assessed ahead of Tuesday's clash against the Dutch side.
Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (groin), Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier (both hamstring) are injured while Son Heung-min is suspended and Vincent Janssen is ineligible.
But Pochettino added: "We arrived where we are now because we are a team. And we are going to be a team, and it doesn't matter who's going to score.
"It's always an issue when you don't have all the players fit, but even with some players out, we've always competed. That's why we're not worried.
"We have a spirit in the team that we can achieve anything and all is possible. That is our strength."
"It is our first time in the Champions League semi-final, that is why you must show respect for the competition and the opponent because it is going to be tough."
There will have been a quartet of players in the Spurs dressing room who will have given an extra smile when they confirmed their last-four date with Ajax.
Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld all used to play for the Amsterdam side, with the first three joining Spurs from there while the latter came via Atletico Madrid.
Ajax have had the luxury of a full week off to prepare for this match after the Dutch Eredivisie cancelled last weekend's domestic round of fixtures in order to give their team maximum chance of doing well in Europe.
- Tottenham have won both of their previous meetings with Ajax in all competitions, winning both legs in the first round of the 1981-82 Cup Winners' Cup (3-1 away, 3-0 at home).
- Ajax have won just one of their six previous Champions League meetings with English opposition (3-1 vs Man City in October 2012), with all three of their away games finishing as draws (twice vs Arsenal, once vs Man City).
- Tottenham are looking to become the 40th different team to reach the final of the European Cup/Champions League, and the eighth different English side (already more than any other nation). The last team to reach the final for the first time were their London rivals Chelsea in 2008.
- Tottenham are playing in their first European Cup/Champions League semi-final since 1961-62, when they were eliminated by eventual winners Benfica.
- After knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus, Ajax became the first side in European Cup/Champions League history to progress from two different knockout rounds within the same campaign when failing to win their first leg at home.
- The average age of Ajax's starting XI in the Champions League this season has been 24 years and 257 days - the youngest of any of the semi-finalists, and second youngest of all 32 teams to take part in the competition this season.
- Tottenham have won eight of their last 10 Champions League home games (L2), including each of the last four in a row. They've also kept a clean sheet in each of their last three.
- Only Lionel Messi (13) has been directly involved in more Champions League goals this season than Ajax's Dusan Tadic (9 - 6 goals, 3 assists).
Tottenham are hitting this awkward spell at the moment. Are they the favourites? They have never been here before. Ajax, as players, have never been there before but their side have on some occasions.
This young side do not have any fear, they have five or six super young players who know how to get the job done.
Dusan Tadic didn't have the consistency at Southampton but he and Daley Blind have been great. Tottenham, on their day, with the pace of Lucas Moura, alongside the skill of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, are guaranteed to score.
I feel Ajax will play and open up the game, Spurs could afford to let Manchester City come onto them, but they will see more possession here. I see Tottenham securing the first-leg advantage ahead of next week's return in Amsterdam.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1