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Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela left out of Tottenham's Champions League squad

Vincent Janssen and Erik Lamela left out of Tottenham's Champions League squad”

UEFA rules state clubs can only name 17 players in their squads that are not "locally trained" but Pochettino still preferred the likes of Nkoudou to Janssen, as well as extra cover in defence.

Spurs' other summer signings Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga are all included in the squad.

Mystery over the player's absence led to suggestions Lamela was looking for a return to Italian football, but it's been more connected to an ongoing hip problem.

Getting a £6m profit on a player who scored only two league goals last season would have represented typical good business for Levy. Initially drafted in as cover and competition for reigning Golden Boot victor Harry Kane, he evidently lost the confidence of Pochettino towards the end of the campaign.

Argentina worldwide Lamela has not played since last October after suffering from a serious hip injury, with no return in sight for the 25-year-old, while Janssen looks to have fallen further down the pecking order after Spurs signed Fernando Llorente from Swansea on transfer deadline day.

Tottenham entertain Borussia Dortmund in their opening Champions League fixture of the season at Wembley Stadium next Wednesday.

Providing his side finish in the top two of that group, Pochettino will be able to make changes to his squad for the round of 16 before 1 February 2018.



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