Dele Alli reacts to his injury and reveals his thoughts on Raheem Sterling’s part in it

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli was forced off the pitch with an injury yesterday against Manchester City as Spurs ran away 2-0 winners in North London.

Alli was at the centre of one of the many controversial moments in the match, as he and Raheem Sterling came together in the early minutes.

Both players made an attempt to win the ball, with Alli getting their first before Sterling came over the top of the ball and crunched down on Dele’s ankle with his studs.

Mike Dean, the referee for the day, showed Sterling a yellow card for the tackle, before VAR reviewed it and deemed that this was enough of a punishment.

Dele Alli played on with the knock for the vast majority of the game, but was eventually forced off with 20 minutes to go after seemingly struggling with it.

Four Four Two say that Dele is now a doubt for the game against Southampton in the FA Cup. The midfielder reacted to his injury and Sterling’s challenge.

He said (FourFourTwo): “We will see how it is on Monday, but hopefully it is not too bad.

“I am not sure if it was a red to be honest, I have not had a proper look back at it, it is obviously for the referee and VAR to make the decision. They didn’t give the red card.

“We were just chatting, he is not in the best of moods, he is a winner so it was difficult. We haven’t seen each other for a while so it was nice to have a catch-up.

“We were speaking about it at half-time and we are good friends. I know what sort of player Raheem is and he would never intentionally try to hurt someone.

“There are no hard feelings, he is a fantastic player and we move on.”

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