Pochettino: Fatigue no excuse for Tottenham in Europa League

“He is in the squad because we believe in him and believe he can give us very good things, but it is up to the player when he has the chance to impress me and show I am wrong in my decision.

“Has he been fined? It’s a private matter. I think it’s obvious. Your question and my answer.”

Tottenham are boosted by the return of forward Son Heung-min, who has been sidelined for almost six weeks with a foot problem. Pochettino is keen for his £22 million summer signing to remain with the club over the international break, but South Korea want their star player to play for them in World Cup qualifiers against Burma/Myanmar and Laos.

“He wants to go, which is normal,” Pochettino said.

“You want to play for your country but we need to speak a little bit to arrive at the best deal for him, his country and for us.”

Nabil Bentaleb has also returned to training after two months out with an ankle problem but the midfielder is not yet match fit, while Clinton Njie is struggling with a hamstring injury.

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