Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Toby Alderweireld could be on the sidelines for a prolonged period after being hurt in the 1-1 Premier League draw with West Brom on Saturday.
The Belgian centre-half was injured after accidentally clashing with team-mate Jan Vertonghen in the second half of the game at the Hawthorns and had to be stretchered off.
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Pochettino has confirmed that Alderweireld will miss Tuesday night’s crucial Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen and the length of his unavailability would be confirmed in the next day or so.
“We need to wait a little bit, 24-48 hours,” The Guardian quote the Spurs boss as saying.
“He got a heavy knock on his leg and we will see what happens. Now it is very painful and we don’t know what the problem is. We need to assess it tomorrow, scan it if that is what the doctor wants to do, to be clear what happened.
“I asked Toby how he was, he said he was in a lot of pain. It’s a big area – the knee, the leg, all of it.”
Alderweireld has been a rock at the heart of a Spurs defence that has become miserly under Pochettino, with the North London side conceding only four Premier League goals this season in eight games.
The former Ajax defender has become a crucial player for Tottenham and his absence will be a real blow for the Premier League side in forthcoming weeks.
Eric Dier replaced Alderweireld against the Baggies and is likely to start the game against Leverkusen alongside Vertonghen at the heart of Spurs’ back four.