Tottenham Team News: Pochettino Offers Positive Update On Alderweireld
Mauricio Pochettino has offered a positive update on the injury sustained by Toby Alderweireld ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Leverkusen
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to build on their win over CSKA Mosccow when they take on Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Ahead of the game, Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this evening and he’s offered a team news and injury update.
The big news was regarding Toby Alderweireld after the Belgian international was stretchered form the field during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The centre-back had landed awkwardly in the second half and the initial fear was he’d suffered serious knee ligament damage which would have ruled him out of action for several months.
However, it appears the injury may not be as bad as first thought as Pochettino says that while the club are still waiting for scan results to come back before they’ll know the full extent of the injury, he’s confident it’s not a ‘big issue’.
The Spurs boss said:
"We need to wait for the scan but we believe it's not a big issue."
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 17, 2016
In Leverkusen for Spurs game. Poch on Alderweireld injury: "We've had scans but we believe it is not a big issue." More @MirrorFootball
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) October 17, 2016
Alderweireld is obviously out of tomorrow night’s Champions League trip to Germany and even a minor knee injury should keep him out for at least a couple of weeks, but this is still a very positive update from Pochettino.
It would have been a huge blow for Spurs to have lost Alderweireld for several months had ligament damage been confirmed and while fans should probably still be cautious not to celebrate until the scan results are in, it looks as though the defender should be back sooner rather than later.
Eric Dier or Kevin Wimmer are set to replace Alderweireld against Leverkusen on Tuesday night as Spurs look to take a huge step closer to securing qualification to the knockout stages of the competition.
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