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Tottenham Boss Hoping For Huge Double Injury Boost Ahead Of Everton Clash
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is hoping central defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will be available to face Everton this weekend, according to the Telegraph.
Alderweireld was taken off shortly after half-time during Tottenham’s comfortable 4-0 win over Stoke City on Sunday afternoon and picking up a minor groin injury.
Vertonghen soon followed his defensive partner down the tunnel after he was substituted midway through the second half at White Hart Lane after feeling discomfort in his ankle.
The Belgian international has only just returned from a month out with an ankle problem so Pochettino was taking no chances with his fitness while Alderweireld’s injury was considered as the more serious of the two.
However, the Telegraph claim that Pochettino is hoping that both players will recover in time to be available for selection when Everton arrive in North London on Sunday afternoon.
The defensive duo will continue to be assessed over the coming days but as long as they don’t suffer any setbacks then the newspaper says Spurs are confident they’ll be in contention to face the Toffees.
The availability of the pair would come as a huge boost to Pochettino as they are the ideal centre-backs to try and stop in-form Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, given their experience in playing with him at international level with the Belgian team.
Lukaku has scored 11 goals in his last 13 games so he is clearly the danger man for an Everton side that haven’t lose in the league this year and are only six points off the top four.
However, Tottenham are in decent form themselves and they’ll be confident of getting another valuable three points on home soil, especially if Alderweireld and Vertonghen are passed fit.