Tottenham Face Devastating Blow As Key Man Provides Worrying Injury Update

By on December 4, 2017

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed he could be facing up to 14 weeks on the sidelines if his injury fears are realised.

Alderweireld was forced off during the early stages of Tottenham’s thrilling 3-1 Champions League group stage victory over Real Madrid at Wembley last month.

The Belgian international was initially expected to be out for a matter of weeks but Mauricio Pochettino then put-back his proposed comeback date until after Christmas.

It seems the injury could be even worse than expected as Alderweireld has now provided an update and revealed that the ‘serious’ injury has a big chance of recurring if he rushes back too soon.

If the muscle was to tear off completely, the 28-year-old has confirmed it would rule him out for up to 14 weeks so he is desperate to try and treat the injury properly now to prevent further damage.

Alderweireld is due to undergo a scan later this month that should provide a better idea of the length of time he’ll be out for but he’s keen to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

The defender is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News:

“I have a serious muscle tear. There’s a big chance of recurrence.

“If the muscle tears off completely, for instance, I would need surgery and it’ll take 14 weeks to recover. That’s why we try to see how we can treat the muscle.

“I don’t have a deadline, because it’s dangerous to make it worse. So we have to work hard, but in a controlled way.

“In two weeks there’s a scan to see how it goes. I only try to be on the pitch as fast as possible.”

Tottenham will be sweating over the results of the scan as it would be a huge blow if the north Londoners were to lose Alderweireld for any significant period of time.

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Spurs have seen their form nosedive in recent weeks since Alderweireld got injured as they’ve fallen 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and dropped out of the top four.

Pochettino is suddenly short of options in the middle of defence as Davinson Sanchez is facing a three-match suspension after being dismissed during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday.

Summer signing Juan Foyth could now be called-up to partner Jan Vertonghen at the back during upcoming league games against Stoke, Brighton and Manchester City.


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