After a week break for the FA Cup and the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur are returning to Premier League action this week and are set for a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino has nearly a full squad to choose from, but did hint at doubts for two players: both center back Toby Alderweireld and newly-signed winger Lucas Moura are doubts, and Poch said that both will be assessed to see if they are ready to feature for the first team against Roy Hodgson’s Palace.
“It was only Toby yesterday that could not finish the training session. He suffered a small incident in the same leg [as the one he injured vs. Real Madrid]. We are going to assess him today and tomorrow. We will see if he’s available for training and if it’s possible to be selected for the weekend. We hope it’s not a big issue.
“We need to assess [Lucas] too because he played 70 minutes after a long, long period that he didn’t play. We need to assess him. We’ll see. We have another training session tomorrow and we need to assess all the players. We have nearly everyone fit, nearly 24 players in a position to be selected, and of course we need to assess everyone and then we need to pick 18 players to play against Palace on Sunday. “
Considering the news that broke last night about Alderweireld’s contract negotiations hitting a loggerhead and that the club is now considering selling him this summer, you’d be forgiven if you read these reports of him potentially missing the Palace match and have this reaction:
However, considering how un-Tobyish he looked against Rochdale last weekend and the current slow state of his recovery, this might just be another mild injury and one that Pochettino isn’t willing to gamble on for a match against the club currently 15th in the table.
Spurs have done just fine without both Toby and Lucas in matches much tougher than at Crystal Palace, so at this point having either of them would be considered a bonus. I’m not worried. Okay, I’m worried about Toby, but for completely different reasons than him tweaking his leg in training.