The London Evening Standard report that the club expect Toby Alderweireld to be sidelined until the start of February, making him a doubt for a key run of fixtures.

The article says the Belgium international had another scan this week on the hamstring injury, with
the club originally hoping Alderweireld would be back at the start of 2018,and this morning it emerged the centre-half will miss the first month of next year too.

It adds how we will play consecutive Premier League matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, followed by the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at the home of Italian champions Juventus in the space of two weeks from January 31.

It adds It means Alderweireld is set to miss the first of those games, which is against United.

At the fans forum last night at Hotspur Way Daniel Levy said he was “confident” of reaching an agreement with Alderweireld over a new contract. The 29-year-old is demanding a significant increase on his £50,000-a-week deal.

The article concludes by saying Alderweireld’s deal runs until 2019 and while the club have the option of extending it by a further 12 months, that would introduce a £25m release clause that could be activated in the summer of 2019.

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