The right-back started for us after almost a month in the 3-1 win over Southampton and was replaced in the final minutes of the tie.
Pochettino told (h/t Independent) after the game that Tripps picked up the injury in the loss to Croatia in the summer:
“It’s the same problem, the same problem that started in the World Cup. If you remember the semi-final against Croatia, when he left the pitch. Then I think to play after three days against Belgium, I think maybe it affected a little bit. Now he’s suffering in that situation.”
The Argentine added that this injury would need to be looked after for a long time and the club needed to protect the player.
Pochettino also spoke about the effects the pitch had on Trippier’s injury:
“In situations like today when the pitch is not in a good condition, this area, the groin, suffers more when the pitch is different.
“It’s a thing that we need to care a lot for him, protect him, he needs to work a lot to protect and sort that problem. It will be a long period for him suffering this type of problem.”
Pochettino, however, claimed the problem is not a serious one and that Trippier would have to live with some pain and play.
It was great getting the Englishman back to fitness but Pochettino’s comments are a little concerning. Hopefully, Trippier doesn’t aggravate the problem and continues playing for us.
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