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Tottenham nearly healthy as two players return ahead of Southampton match

Welcome back, Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Janssen!

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We’re still five days out from Spurs’ next match, but that hasn’t stopped Mauricio Pochettino from giving an update on the health and fitness of Tottenham Hotspur. In a press conference today, Poche said that Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Janssen have returned to training and will be available for selection against the Saints next Wednesday.

Janssen has been dealing with a foot problem for the past several weeks, and Toby Alderweireld missed the narrow win over Burnley with a back injury. Their return means that Spurs are as healthy as they’ve been yet this season. There was, crucially, no mention of Mousa Dembele who was subbed off against Burnley with what looked like a slight knock. That’s also good news as we can assume that he’s also ready to go.

The lone player still out is Erik Lamela, who has missed the past two months with a hip injury. There were reports last week that he had returned to some form of light training, but he’s obviously not yet ready to go.

Toby’s return is of course the most critical, as he’s been one of the tactical pivots upon which Pochettino’s tactics move. Assuming he’s selected for the match at St. Mary’s (and let’s face it, if he’s at all healthy he plays), the big question would again be if Pochettino would stay in a 4-2-3-1 with Dier or Wanyama in the pivot, or if he would switch to a three-at-the-back formation like what we saw against Hull City.

According to PhysioRoom, Southampton have three players on the long term injury list — Charlie Austin, Matt Targett, and Jeremy Pied — but are otherwise healthy.