Tottenham host Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night in the first leg of a Champions League last-16 tie and have been dealt an injury blow.
Spurs have confirmed (official Twitter account) that senior defender Danny Rose will be assessed ahead of the European fixture.
Mauricio Pochettino has also confirmed it will be “impossible for him to start” and the assessment will determine whether he can make the bench, as cited by Football.London.
The North London club also remain without Ben Davies, which means they face a real issue at left-back.
Rose, 28, is the club’s best option as the left-sided defender and will be missed against Dortmund, while understudy Davies also has performed in Europe before.
Pochettino is going to be left with a dilemma and whatever decision he makes is likely to play into Dortmund’s hands.
Youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is one option that could slot in at left-back, while senior versatile defender Jan Vertonghen would be the other and perhaps the safer bet.
But one of Dortmund’s greatest threats comes from right-winger Jadon Sancho, who should be raring to get at the Spurs defence.
Sancho has the qualities to terrorise most natural left-backs, which is why Walker-Peters or Vertonghen could be in big trouble against him.
The 18-year-old England international has been a real hit for Bundesliga leaders Dortmund and will be keen to show what he can do.
He’s scored eight goals and supplied 13 assists in just 28 games across all competitions this season.