Mauricio Pochettino will not rush Dele Alli back into first-team action this weekend despite the England midfielder returning to training on Thursday.
The 2-1 reverse at San Siro on Tuesday was a third successive defeat for Tottenham in all competitions, but Pochettino is not prepared to risk Alli’s long-term fitness just to try to end their miserable run.
“We still we need to wait until tomorrow [Friday] to assess whether he will be part of the squad,” he told a media conference on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.
“Today was a recovery day for everyone, it’s difficult to assess him to see if he is ready or not to play.
“We are never going to put ourselves or our interests in front of taking risks for a player. It’s impossible.
“Football is a sport [in which] you always assume the risk, but if you are conscious to take a risk it is impossible for us to take that decision.”