Tottenham star Dele Alli is set to miss Spurs’ clash against Huddersfield because of a broken hand.
Alli wants to carry on playing while the injury heals but will need a protective cast.
Spurs boss Pochettino said: “We need to asses him this afternoon and tomorrow and take the decision. I’m not too optimistic. He broke his hand in two parts. It is so painful, yesterday he saw specialist and today we see how he will deal with the situation. I’m not optimistic about tomorrow, I am more optimistic he will be available for Man City in the second leg. We’ll see and we’ll take a decision that is best for everyone.”