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Tottenham v AEL Limassol preview

Roberto Soldado will be absent for Tottenham's Europa League play-off clash with AEL Limassol, although Vlad Chiriches is poised to make his return on Thursday.

Soldado has an issue with his neck and back so will miss the second leg at White Hart Lane, where Kyle Walker continues to miss out through a hip complaint.

Chiriches will be available for the first time this season after recovering from a back injury, while Kyle Naughton returns having missed the QPR win through suspension. Michel Vorm and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are not registered for the match.

"I think it is a different game than what we played in Larnaca against Limassol," manager Mauricio Pochettino said. "We need to be focused and ready.

"I believe that it will be a tough game because all games are difficult.

"On Tuesday it was difficult for Manchester United and you need to be focused on your objective.

"Now we need a very good performance to beat Limassol and because we need to stay in the next round.

"I watched the game in Milton Keynes live. I was there. It was difficult but it's a good example to be ready.

"We got a good result in Larnaca but we need to ready and focused on the game."