Tottenham Dealt Double Injury Concern Ahead Of Arsenal Trip + Kane Update
Tottenham are sweating over the fitness of Dele Alli and Harry Winks ahead of their trip to Arsenal later this month but Harry Kane is expected to be fit.
Tottenham Hotspur are sweating over the fitness of Dele Alli and Harry Winks ahead of their trip to Arsenal later this month but Harry Kane is expected to be fit.
Alli was surprisingly left out of the Spurs squad for their narrow 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley yesterday afternoon after picking up a hamstring injury last week.
The attacking midfielder was then swiftly withdrawn from the England squad for their upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil during the international break.
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Alli initially felt the injury during last weekend’s defeat at Manchester United and they took a huge risk playing him against Real Madrid in the Champions League three days later.
Spurs felt Alli wasn’t in a condition to face Palace on Sunday and he’ll now rest the hamstring during the international period but Pochettino is hopeful the 21-year-old will recover in time to take on Arsenal later this month.
To add to Tottenham’s concerns, Winks was forced off at half-time during their 1-0 win over Palace after twisting his ankle during the opening forty-five minutes at Wembley.
The midfielder will be allowed to link-up with the national team and be assessed by the England medial staff to find out how serious the injury is but Spurs will be praying for positive news.
Winks has been in superb form in recent weeks and is becoming a key player for Pochettino so they’ll be hoping the midfielder is recovered in time for the trip to Arsenal on November 18.
The final injury concern for Tottenham yesterday was Kane as the striker was substituted in the second half after taking a heavy kick to his foot during the win over Palace.
Pochettino suggests the withdrawal was just precautionary but as Kane also missed last weekend’s defeat to United due to a hamstring strain, the Spurs boss has said he hopes Gareth Southgate protects his star striker during the international period.
Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.
“Dele Alli against Manchester United finished the game feeling his posterior tendon, close to the hamstring, and then played 90 minutes against Real Madrid,”
“It’s a very, very, very small thing. It was a massive risk (to play him) again. We’re sure he’ll be ready for Arsenal (after the international break). We hope he’s going well in the next few weeks and will be available.”
“He [Winks] twisted his ankle. It’s a little bit painful. We must assess him with our medical staff and with the national team medical staff too.
“He’s so excited to play for the national team. I don’t know (if he can play). It’s about him and both (teams of) medical staff.”
“We wanted after 75 minutes to protect Kane. He’s okay, he’s going with the national team,”
“The Christmas period is so tough for the players. You cannot do too much; only have good communication and a good relationship with the national team and explain the situation with everyone and trust they will manage them in a good way.”
In addition to concerns over Alli, Winks and Kane, Tottenham are also hoping Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld and Michel Vorm are back to take on Arsenal later this month.
The trio all missed the win over Palace yesterday and are facing a race against time to make the trip to the Emirates while Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama are also still working their way back to full fitness following serious injuries.
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