Tottenham Hotspur have been given a massive injury boost with the news that defender Toby Alderweireld is fit and ready to return to action. The Belgian has not played since injuring his knee against Real Madrid in the Champions League at the start of November.
Spurs expected Alderweireld to be out until February with a hamstring injury but our gaffer Mauricio Pochettino indicated last week that the player is on course for an early comeback and could play in the FA Cup against Newport this weekend.
Asked whether Alderweireld could be available for the Newport game, Pochettino was quoted by Sky Sports:
“Maybe, maybe. We are going to have all week for training so we can see if he can arrive in a good condition to play. We are going to assess day-by-day next week.”
Speaking about his recovery, Alderweireld confirmed that he is now ready to make his much-awaited return to the team.
“I feel good. I feel fit. I’m strong. I feel ready to give 100 per cent again, like I always do,” Alderweireld told Sky Sports News.
“I worked very hard to come back to the training group as quickly as possible. Not one thing in my head is doubting about the injury.
“Now it’s up to me to prove that I’m ready again to the manager. It’s always up to the manager (if I play). I’m looking forward to give my all on the pitch.”
The 28-year-old had featured 15 times in all competitions before injuring his knee at Wembley Stadium on November 1 against Real Madrid. Alderweireld’s return from injury is particularly timely for us as we play Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus in the next four weeks.
Speaking of the make or break period, the Belgian international added:
“We can’t deny it’s going to be a very difficult and very important month.”
“We have to just see, game by game, and fight to get three points in each match. Then we’ll see how far that brings us. But those are teams we have to beat, so why not?
“We’re going very well with Spurs in the last few seasons; getting top four every year and nearly winning the league. It’s up to us to have a better season in the Champions League too.”
The news about Alderweireld’s return from injury would go down extremely well with our fan base as the Belgian would add some much-needed solidity to the defence.