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Tottenham vs. CSKA team news: Toby Alderweireld returns to the squad

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Hooray, Tobes is back!

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Good news! Toby Alderweireld will be in the squad as Tottenham face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night. The star defender picked up a nasty leg injury against West Brom on October 15.

During his press conference on Tuesday, manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed the Belgian would be available for selection in Tottenham’s final Champions League fixture.

“It’s very good news for us. It’s been tough for Toby and it’s important to be involved again in competition.”

Spurs haven’t fared particularly well in Alderweireld’s absence, winning just two of the 10 games he missed, including crashing out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s game isn’t unimportant — Spurs will secure a spot in the Europa League with a draw or win — but we’re guessing Tobes will at least start on the bench. Hopefully he’ll be fresh and ready for Tottenham’s crucial trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

This is also good news for his future at the club. According to Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas, Alderweireld will have discussions on a new contract “once the player is fully fit and back playing regular games.” That should hopefully put to bed those pesky rumors about a €30m release clause.

In other team news, Poche confirmed that Ben Davies is close to a return, while Vincent Janssen will miss a second game with an ankle injury.

In slightly more worrying news, Erik Lamela reportedly had to return to Argentina due to “a problem with his brother.” The club didn’t provide any more details, but we obviously wish Erik and his family the best with whatever they’re going through.