Tottenham Hotspur are still unbeaten in the Premier League and currently sit third on the table, just a single point behind Manchester City and Arsenal. This past Saturday, things were rather bleak on the back line as center back Toby Alderweireld went down with what was thought to be a major knee injury.
Today, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that somehow, some way, Spurs have dodged a freight train sized bullet:
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that breathing into a paper bag and praying for the best was the thought on everyone’s mind when we watched Toby go off on a stretcher against West Brom. If you haven’t experienced any injuries to your legs before, what the trainers were doing were administering various tests to see if he had torn any ligaments, especially the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL for short.
It looked as though he had done something because he couldn’t even walk off. Instead, it looks as though it was just a bad knock and everything is fully in tact.
I cannot understate just how uplifting this is. I don’t want to sell the rest of the defenders on our team short, it’s hard to replace what Toby has brought to Spurs. It looks as though he just has to deal with whatever bruise came up and he’ll be good after that. It appears that it may not be bothering him too much, given he was taking in some Call of Duty with his teammates on Sunday.
More footage of Toby Alderweireld— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 16, 2016
He's without any obvious knee brace or support pic.twitter.com/Vu0bA7zPtd
We’ll wait to see what Pochettino says in his weekly PL press conference but, as it stands, this is fantastic news.