Alderweireld sits out Newport cup clash

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Mauricio Pochettino is very unlikely to risk Toby Alderweireld against Newport County on Saturday, that despite the defender’s assertion that he is “fit and ready to give 100 per cent again”.

An article in The London Evening Standard describes how Alderweireld has been sidelined since the start of November with a hamstring problem however he resumed light training on Saturday and on Wednesday, the Belgian insisted he is ready to return.

However it has emerged today that Spurs Pochettino does not consider him match fit and he is not expected to play any part in the FA Cup fourth-round match at Rodney Parade.

The article adds that If that is the case, it leaves Alderweireld unlikely to feature from the start in the crunch League game against Manchester United next Wednesday.

It goes on to add good news however in that Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris are available after missing the draw at Southampton with a virus, and Danny Rose, while still out, is indeed closing in on a return to first-team training after a month on the sidelines.

Meanwhile Ivorian Serge Aurier, who limped off against the Saints, has not suffered a serious injury however Kieran Trippier is expected to start at right-back while Harry Winks (ankle) is still sidelined.

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