Alderweireld absence won’t be as long as initially feared

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Mauricio Pochettino has said fears that defender Toby Alderweireld may be on the sidelines for a long time are unfounded.

An article by Sky Sports describes how it was reported earlier this week that the 28-year-old feared he could suffer a recurrence of the hamstring injury he suffered against Real Madrid at the start of November which in turn would sideline him for 14 weeks but the article says that Mauricio Pochettino said at his press briefing on Friday that the situation has been overblown.

“He is doing well, I think someone misinterpreted,” said Pochettino. “That is why I want to clarify the situation.He said if, in the case there was the injury, maybe I am going to spend 14 weeks. But that was not the case.

Pochettino added: “He is on time and he is doing well, recovering well.We don’t need to be worried because he avoided an injury that would maybe keep him out for a long time.”

It adds that Alderweireld will be absent for Stoke’s visit to Wembley on Saturday and Davinson Sanchez is suspended after last week’s red card at Watford but Pochettino is not concerned about a lack of experienced numbers at the heart of his defence.

“Against Watford, we finished with Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen,” said the Spurs boss. “Then we have [Juan] Foyth, Ben Davies can play like a centre-back, Serge Aurier can play like a centre back – he has played before there for Paris Saint-Germain.
“We have plenty of different options to use.”

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