Barcelona will be without Malcom for Tottenham clash due to sprained ankle

Malcom will miss Barcelona's Champions League clash with Tottenham (Manu Fernandez/AP).

Barcelona face Tottenham next Tuesday in the Champions League with Tottenham needing a better result than Inter Milan in order to secure qualification to the knockout stages.

Spurs are currently level with Inter on seven points as well as being on the same goal difference of minus one.

Despite Mauricio Pochettino's side being in a tough predicament, the North London side's task has been made slightly easier with the exemption of one of Barcelona's top stars.

Malcom has been ruled out for up to two weeks with a sprained ankle, meaning he will miss Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Barcelona announced the Brazilian would be out for “10 to 15 days” after hurting his right ankle in the Copa del Rey win over Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday night.

Malcom managed to get himself on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win and even play the full 90 minutes before the full extent of the injury was discovered.

The 21-year-old has started to settle into life on the Spanish coast after making the move from Bordeaux for a fee of £41 million, scoring twice in nine appearances for Barca.

He will also miss Saturday’s derby with Espanyol.

Tottenham also have their own injury problems with Pochettino saying that full back Kieran Trippier will have to manage his groin problem 'for a long period', per the Independant.

“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.

FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF - La Liga

"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.”

FBL-WC-2018-MATCH62-CRO-ENG News Now - Sport News