Tottenham defender ruled out until February

According to the BBC, Tottenham defender, Toby Alderweireld will be sidelined until February due to a hamstring injury. It is a big blow to the north London club, as Alderweireld has become an integral part of their defence since joining Spurs back in 2015.

The Belgian international has in fact helped Tottenham to become one of the strongest defences in the English top-flight. Since the defender joined the north London club they have played 14 Premier League games without him and kept just four clean sheets.

However, with the 28-year-old in the team, Tottenham have kept 38 clean sheets in 78 games. The centre-back has missed the last six league games due to the injury, as he has been out since 1st November. He will now be kicking his heels on the sidelines for a bit longer.

Tottenham have ten games scheduled in the time that Alderweireld is likely to miss out on, including a Champions League last-16 tie with Italian champions Juventus.

Speaking about the injury to the BBC, boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “We cannot change the reality. The reality is he is injured and cannot play until February,”

“You miss the players who are not fit but football is a collective sport about the team, not individuals,”

“Some players have more influence on the team. But we have squad enough and players who can play.”

Tottenham face a home game against Brighton Hove Albion on Wednesday night without the Belgian defender.

The north London club have won just two of their last six top-flight games, which has led to Pochettino’s team to slip to sixth in the table. Despite their relatively poor form of late, Tottenham are only two points off fourth spot Liverpool, who are also in action in midweek against West Brom.

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