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Three alternative Marco Reus threats for Tottenham to worry about

Tom Procter

Tottenham Hotspur are in action against Borussia Dortmund tonight in the Champions League.

Spurs scraped through to the last 16 at the expense of Internazionale, and were drawn against the German outfit for the first knockout stage match.

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The tie will see the teams face off one year on from last season’s group stage games.

Spurs fans will be hoping for a big performance from their side after a shaky start in the competition.

Mauricio Pochettino will be without some key players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane as they continue their recoveries from injury.

Dortmund have some injury problems of their own, with Marco Reus the most alarming absentee for the visitors.

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The German has been in red hot form this season, scoring 17 goals and assisting seven times in all competitions.

He sustained a thigh injury last week and has been ruled out of tonight’s clash at Wembley (club’s official Twitter) – so who do Tottenham need to prepare for in his absence?

Mahmoud Dahoud

Dahoud has only been a bit-part player under Lucien Favre this season, but could come in to replace Reus in the hole against Spurs.

The star has made four appearances in the competition, including two starts, meaning he could get the nod.

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Dahoud’s dribbling and speed make him a huge danger, meaning Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks would need their wits about them.

Mario Gotze

Like Dahoud, Gotze has appeared for times in the Champions League so far this season and could be trusted with replacing Reus.

Gotze is less dynamic than Dahoud, and has a style more similar to that of the hosts’ Christian Eriksen.

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He is good at finding little pockets of space and has great vision in the final third. He is arguably the most likely replacement.

Christian Pulisic

Tottenham may have to be wary of a player who they have been linked with a move for in recent times – Christian Pulisic.

The American will join Chelsea for next season, and could show English football fans what he’s all about against the Lilywhites.

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Pulisic is primarily a winger but has the technical ability to move inside.

With Jadon Sancho in fine fettle out wide, Favre may have no choice but to deploy him centrally.

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