Tottenham’s Moura ruled out of Chelsea cup tie

Lucas Moura will be missing for Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea.

Moura picked up a knee injury in Friday’s 7-0 win at Tranmere in the FA Cup and will play no part in the London derby.

Erik Lamela has recovered from illness, but Eric Dier (appendicitis) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are still out for Spurs.

Meanwhile, Maurizio Sarri says he is unsure whether Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud will be fit for Chelsea.

Pedro has been out with a hamstring problem and Giroud with an ankle injury, while Willian has a calf strain.

Assistant boss Gianfranco Zola suggested last week that Pedro and Giroud were likely to return for the semi-final first leg at Wembley and that it was unclear whether Willian would be available.

However, speaking at a media conference on the eve of the game, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri suggested there are doubts over the fitness of all three players.

Asked if they are likely to be available, Sarri said: “I don’t know at the moment.

“Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better. Yesterday they had training with the team-mates.

“I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow – maybe not for 90 minutes.”

Sarri also confirmed that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unavailable and now faces a spell on the sidelines in order for a persistent back problem to

be resolved.

Loftus-Cheek, desperate to establish himself as a first-team regular under Sarri, looked crestfallen as he went off during the first half of Saturday’s FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest.

Sarri said: “Loftus of course is out now. We need to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.”