Despite coping quite well without him, Spurs fans will be gutted to read that they are likely to be without Belgian centre-half Toby Alderweireld for another extended period of time. The 28-year-old ex-Atletico and Ajax man has been solid for Spurs, but injury problems have kept him out of the side from time to time.
Speaking to Sky Sports before the North London derby this weekend, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was very clear about his state, saying: “Toby is out. We need to assess him,
“We expect he will be out for longer than we did previously. Maybe [Alderweireld will be back] after Christmas. That is the expectation.
“The injury is in his hamstring. He feels disappointed and a little bit sad but in the same way, he is focused now on trying to recover as soon as possible.
“He is working hard; he is in the first stages of his rehab. Always, with this type of injury, we have to be cautious. We need to wait.”
He missed the game against Crystal Palace and now appears set to miss as much of six weeks of action in what is sure to be a major blow for the side ahead of such a crucial period of the season.