Tottenham Hotspur will hope to keep pressure on the sides in the top four by recording another Premier League victory when they return to action on Sunday against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men put in an impressive performance in midweek on the south coast, overcoming early jitters and a deficit to beat Southampton 4-1 at the St Mary’s Stadium.

However, the North London side have a number of concerns ahead of their match-up with Watford, namely at the back due to suspensions.

Both Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen picked up their fifth bookings of the campaign against the Saints and as such the duo will sit out the trip to face the Hornets.

However, Pochettino has confirmed that key centre-half Toby Alderweireld is set to make a return to Premier League action.

“Toby is okay,” the Argentine told the club’s official website.

“He suffered a virus the day before the game against Southampton and that meant it was impossible for him to be available.

“It was nothing related to his back, he got a virus and now he’s okay, he trained well today and we hope nothing happens between now and Watford and he will be available again.”

Pochettino continued by admitting that Erik Lamela would not be available against the Hornets but was making progress after a hip injury.

“He’s recovering slowly, we’re not setting a time for him to come back but he’s recovering well and now it’s about his fitness,” the Spurs boss said.

The former Southampton trainer stated that he was confident in the players that would come into the team against Watford and that success was based on a squad rather than just a starting XI.

“In a season over 10 months you need players who don’t play as regularly to be ready to play,” Pochettino concluded.

“It’s true we’ll miss them in the same way we’ll miss other players when they are injured or suspended.

“It’s about the collective effort and football is about the team, about the squad and we’re happy with our squad. We’ll miss them but be sure the players who take their place will perform very well.”


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