Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium, and there’s good news on Spurs’ injury front. Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in a pre-match press conference that virtually all of Tottenham’s injured and ill players are back in training, with many including Danny Rose available for selection.
However, it’s apparently too soon for Toby Alderweireld. Pochettino claimed that the Belgian defender, who hasn’t been seen in a couple months after sustaining a hamstring injury against Real Madrid in the Champions League, is “not fit.” Serge Aurier and Harry Winks are also set to miss the match.
Good news for Spurs. Alderweireld, Eriksen, Lamela, Lloris, Rose - all back training. Aurier (calf), Winks (ankle) – further away.— Tom Allnutt (@tomallnuttPA) January 30, 2018
#thfc Poch says Danny Rose is in the squad for Utd but Toby Alderweireld is not.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) January 30, 2018
Alderweireld had previously declared himself ready to return last week, but Pochettino is apparently taking the long road with him to make sure he’s ready for action. That could mean a return in this weekend’s match against Liverpool at Anfield, or (maybe more likely) the FA Cup replay against Newport County at Wembley on February 7.
Having Rose back is certainly nice, though, and Spurs could probably use his directness and defense against what will likely be Alexis Sanchez’ Premier League debut for United.