Maybe the season isn’t over after all! After a scary Saturday, it was a sanguine Sunday on the injury front from Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld was stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury in Spurs’ 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday and fans feared the worst. However, both the Times and the Guardian are reporting that Toby’s injury is significantly less serious than what it first appeared.
The Times reports that Alderweireld’s injury is “nerve bruising” to the knee. Which sounds really painful, but it’s not the MCL or ACL tear that many were fearing. While Toby is set for a spell on the sidelines, the prognosis suggests that, as the Guardian says, he’s looking at “weeks, rather than months” out of action.
That’s phenomenal news, as Alderweireld has been, without hyperbole, the best central defender in the Premier League since signing from Atletico Madrid at the beginning of last season. Pochettino, in comments to the press, strongly hinted that Eric Dier would be his understudy beside Jan Vertonghen during Tuesday’s Champions League match at Bayer Leverkusen.
“The good thing about Eric is he can play like a midfielder and a centre-back, and can perform good in several positions. That is important and we will see about the decision for Tuesday. It is one option more that we have.”
Elsewhere, Pochettino stated that Harry Kane is ready to return to the training pitch after injuring his ankle against Sunderland several weeks ago.
“Hopefully as soon as possible we can recover him, and the team will get stronger. The Champions League game on Tuesday is too soon for him but maybe Monday he will start to train on the pitch.”
While it may be a while before we actually see him take the pitch in a competitive game, returning to training in the third week of October is massive, as initial reports suggested that he might not be in line for a return until after the North London Derby. He’s several weeks ahead of schedule, and that’s good news for Tottenham’s attack.
Finally, Pochettino gave an explanation as to why Danny Rose wasn’t in the match-day 18 against West Brom... and he blamed it on England.
“After his injury he played against Manchester City and then it wasn’t in the plan to play two games with the national team. But because [Ryan] Bertrand was injured, he had to play two games.
“We don’t want to take risks. I think this is too much for a player coming from the injury to play two games in one week. For that [reason] we gave him a rest to be ready for the next two games.”
Carty Free commenters, who are smart and knowledgable, also noted Rose’s playing time last week, and wondered why England manager Gareth Southgate didn’t adjust his lineup for Spurs’ second match against Slovenia or give Rose a rest. While it’s probably unlikely Rose would’ve made a significant difference against West Brom, it is a bit irritating that Rose’s injury wasn’t taken more into account, considering he was just coming back from the injury he picked up the the LAST time he was called up for the Three Lions.
But that’s water under the bridge: Rose got a deserved rest and is expected to start against Bayer and next weekend’s league match at Bournemouth.
It’s all good news! Everyone rejoice!