Mauricio Pochettino: Victor Wanyama fit to return for Tottenham after injury scare

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The Kenyan captain has made only seven appearances in all competitions this season and has been laid low by a knee injury

Victor Wanyama is closing in on a return to Tottenham Hotspur’s starting squad.

The midfielder has made only seven appearances in all competitions this season and has been laid low by a knee injury since he last featured for Spurs at Crystal Palace on November 10.

However, manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that the Kenyan captain is fit to start a game and could be involved in the FA Cup clash this weekend. “Victor has started to join the group,” confirmed Mauricio on Wednesday.

“We’ll see if it’s possible for him to be involved in the FA Cup at the weekend. It’s very good news for us in the last few days to recover Moussa (Sissoko) and Lucas (Moura) and Wanyama is so close.”

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Pochettino says the club will not change their transfer strategy despite costly injuries to striker Harry Kane and midfielder Dele Alli.

Both Kane and Alli have been ruled out until March - Kane with ankle ligament damage sustained in the recent defeat to Manchester United and Alli with a hamstring strain suffered in the win at Fulham on Sunday.

Forward Lucas Moura is back in full training and should be fit to feature at the Bridge following a knee injury. Spurs, who are also without Son Heung-min, on Asian Cup duty with South Korea, take a 1-0 lead to Stamford Bridge after the first leg and are bidding for their first silverware since 2008.

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