Pochettino says Spurs will make signings; unsure on Trippier injury
LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino says Kieran Trippier's injury will not force Tottenham to panic buy a right-back but he reiterated that the club will make signings before the end of the month.
Spurs are the only club in England's top four divisions yet to make a summer signing and they sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City, leaving Trippier as their only senior right-back.
But the 26-year-old is a doubt for next Sunday's Premier League curtain-raiser at Newcastle after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday's 2-0 friendly win over Juventus at Wembley. He left the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
"He twisted his ankle," said Pochettino. "We need to assess him on Monday and then we will see. Now the feeling is good. It's true that he has crutches, but it's good. We hope that it is not a big issue. Until we assess him and do a scan, we need to wait. You never know. The feeling now is better than at half-time. But still we need to wait and we cannot saying anything today and wait until Monday.
"We are working, trying to add some players to the squad," Spurs' manager added. "But that [injury] does not change our idea. Our idea was to try to provide the team with more strength and try to sign a few players before the end of the transfer window.
"But it's true that now we are in the last few weeks of the transfer window and if we want to strengthen the team and the squad. Be sure that we need to sign a few players. We are looking at different positions in the team and trying to bring the right profile of player. But we are looking to add in different positions of the pitch, different players."
Pochettino said it was too early to say if Trippier would be fit to play at St. James' Park but he insisted that 20-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters is not ready to play in the Premier League. Eric Dier can cover on the right side of defence.
There was better news on Son Heung-Min, who could feature at Newcastle after breaking his arm during the summer.
"He is working hard," said Pochettino. "It's true that he's still recovering from his problem. Then next week we need to assess him if he's available to be selected for next week. Today he was out of the squad because he can't play. We'll see next week how he is and then we'll decide."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.