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In what is supposed to a big blow for Tottenham Hotspur, defender Toby Alderweireld is not expected to travel to Juventus on Tuesday for the Champions League’ first leg of round of 16, according to various reports.

The Belgian international missed over three months with a hamstring injury before making his comeback in the 2-0 win over Newport County in the FA Cup last week. He played the 90 minutes and having attained full fitness, he was hoping to be in the line-up for the derby against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, Mauricio Pochettino kept him out from the match-day squad and has now decided to leave him in London, as the Argentine wants the defender to work on his fitness rather than travel to Italy for what is Tottenham’s biggest game of the season (The Telegraph).

Summer signing Davinson Sanchez has deputised alongside Jan Vertonghen in the absence of Alderweireld and is expected to feature in the last-16 first-leg tie at the Juventus Stadium.

Alderweireld is unlikely to be happy at being left out of the travelling squad for the Juventus game and it remains to be seen whether Pochettino’s decision impacts his contract talks, which have been continuing for more than a year. The Belgian’s current deal contains a one-year extension option, which the club could activate in the summer of 2019 and would see the player contracted until 2020.

But the present deal also has a £25million release clause that could be activated by any club in the summer of 2019, provided they complete the transfer at least 14 days before the closure of the window.

Pochettino has played hardball in the past with Danny Rose and Erik Lamela and has been insistent that players must prove their full fitness following long injury lay-offs before they are reintegrated into the squad on a usual basis.

Alderweireld is a hugely important player for Spurs and Pochettino knows the very fact. Is there something brewing behind the scenes or is our gaffer taking an extra caution with the player by not rushing him for the biggest game of the season? No idea about it.

But one thing that our club should immediately do is to sort out the central defender’s contract situation. What frightens me at times is Alderweireld has a release clause of only £25million! That sum of money is absolutely nothing for big clubs, who could all be circling for the Belgian in the summer if a contract extension is not agreed.

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Incidents of alcohol and drug abuse surface among workers at Tottenham’s new stadium

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Construction News (h/t Independent) claims to have first-hand accounts of workers under the influence of alcohol and drugs at our new stadium.

Tottenham’s £850m new home has been hit by numerous delays and the club haven’t shared a final date for the launch of the stadium.

A source speaking to Construction News (h/t Independent) said:

“I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time.

“There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”

However, Mace have denied such claims and a company spokesperson claimed that tests were carried out regularly to ensure the safety of the staff.

The personnel was quoted by the Independent saying:

“We carry out regular random drugs and alcohol testing to ensure that our rules are enforced throughout our supply chain. Any concerns about specific health and safety risks should have been flagged to Mace health and safety staff on the project.”

Our new stadium was expected to be completed for the game against Liverpool on 15th September but Tottenham will continue playing their home games at Wembley.

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This latest report will be a further blow to Tottenham as the stadium is behind schedule and we had reported that the home might not be ready before 2019.

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“The season is saved”, “This is the signing you make?” – Some Spurs fans unhappy with latest deal by club

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Tottenham haven’t done all that well in recent games with three losses on the spin. The Premier League loss against Liverpool was tough to take but the 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan was even worse.

We were leading till the 85th minute before Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino got the goals at San Siro.

Tottenham bounced back with a win against Brighton & Hove Albion but prior to that, the team had time to pose for a new range of apparel from Hugo Boss.

A post from the Spurs Twitter account revealed that our first-team squad would be sporting suits from the company from the ‘Create Your Look’ line.

Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and a host of other players and staff were pictured in the dapper suits.

It isn’t a surprise that teams are being sponsored by brands but this deal does come a little late, given that our season is well over a month in.

Some fans, however, were upset with the deal and here are some of those reactions from Twitter.

Read more: Tottenham deny reports claiming stadium will be ready only by 2019

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

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Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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