Tottenham team news: Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to return but Kyle Walker-Peters in for crucial Champions League game at Barcelona

Fail to beat Barcelona and they are relying on Inter Milan slipping up at home to PSV Eindhoven.

But just when Mauricio Pochettino needed a full-strength side, he looks as though he has a defensive crisis on his hands.

First-choice right-back Kieran Trippier has struggled with a groin strain in recent weeks and was not in the matchday squad against Leicester on Saturday.

He is not even expected to travel with the squad to Barcelona.

Serge Aurier started at the weekend – and three Champions League games this season – but limped off with 12 minutes to go and is now a major doubt as well.

It means Kyle Walker-Peters is expected to celebrate his fresh new deal at Tottenham by starting against Lionel Messi and Co.

His only previous Champions League experience came a year ago – he played the final 20 minutes of the 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia at Wembley. Quite a contrast to a crucial game in the Nou Camp.

But Pochettino has every confidence in his side.

He said: "We have a chance. Yes, I believe. I think we believe, that's the most important thing, and then what happens happens, we are going to enjoy the game.

"It's always an exciting place, they're one of the best teams in Europe and I know it's amazing, very exciting to play against them.

"But at the same time it's going to be tough to play there, we're going to play one of the best teams in Europe and the only way that we can be happy will be to win the game, and that will be tough."

Across the rest of the defence, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are expected to start with no alternatives at centre-back. Davinson Sanchez is injured and Juan Foyth is not in the European squad.

Ben Davies and Danny Rose should both be available so it will be a case of seeing who Pochettino would prefer on the big stage.

In midfield, Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko would be the obvious pairing with Harry Winks a good option from the bench.

Spurs need to be at full-strength in attack to have any chance of getting something in Barcelona.

Fortunately for Poch, it appears they will be.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli scored in the 2-0 win at the King Power while Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both came off the bench for a light workout.

Rest assured, they will be starting tomorrow night barring any drastic change of circumstances.

Dele may have been under the weather lately but that did not stop him scoring his 50th goal for Spurs with a diving header past Kasper Schmeichel, almost identical to his first.

He is ready to swap the 'flu camp for the Nou Camp tomorrow night – and knows how big the achievement would be if they do get that win.

The England star said: "It would definitely be up there. They are one of the best teams in the world, they've got some great players and as a kid you dream about playing at the Nou Camp and we're going to go there and give it our best shot.

"I've had a bit of a cold but it's not too bad.

"A cold won't keep me out. We're ready. It's going to be another difficult game but they're the games you want to be a part of, playing one of the best teams in the world and some of the world's greatest players.

"You want to be challenging yourself and we're going there with the mentality that we can win and we have to believe.

"It's going to be difficult but we have to go there and give it our best."

Barca may have already topped the group but they will not be going easy, insists midfielder Arturo Vidal.

He said: "Let's be clear, as Barcelona players we want to finish this first phase without losing a game and with ours heads held high.

"We may have first place already assured but finishing the group with a win in front of our own fans is the only way to go into the next round with a good taste in the mouth.

“Nobody will be reserving strength or holding anything back.

"So will be it be a case of Barcelona relaxed and with many changes against Tottenham? I don't think so."

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