Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld could soon make a return to action as Belgium manager Roberto Martinez gave him a clean bill of health.

The centre-back has played neither a Premier League nor Champions League match since the clash with Real Madrid at Wembley in November.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino eased him back into action against Newport County and Rochdale in the FA Cup in February.

However, the Argentine has not risked his experienced defender in the league or Europe since as he continues his rehabilitation from a major hamstring injury.

While Pochettino has been cautious about Alderweireld and managed his return to action without taking risks, Martinez says the player is recovered and fully fit.

“Toby Alderweireld is completely fit after a difficult rehabilitation,” the Spaniard told Belgian outlet RTBF.

“As far as I’m concerned, he is ready to play,” he added.

Whether that means Alderweireld will feature in Belgium’s friendly against Saudi Arabia next week is not yet clear.

The report speculates that if he does play for Belgium but remains on the bench at Spurs – as he was against Swansea City at the weekend – then his future at the club remains in some doubt.

Rumours are growing that Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are keen on taking the Belgian away from London.

Contract talks have stalled and The Telegraph claims Pochettino would allow Alderweireld to leave in the summer.

However, Pochettino stated last month that he wanted to take extra care with Alderweireld due to the severity of the injury and the defender’s age.

At 29, he argued that another setback could jeopardise his career, although he will – along with many Spurs fans – be an interested onlooker should the player take the field next week.

Regardless of where his future lies, a return to regular action for Alderweireld would be welcomed by everybody connected with the club.


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