Dele Alli could be closing in on a return to action for Tottenham Hotspur, according to a report by The Times.
It is claimed the England international could be available for selection for when Mauricio Pochettino’s side host Newcastle United a week on Sunday.
Alli suffered a hamstring injury during a training session ahead of their pre-season clash with Inter Milan (Independent) and was forced to miss the game against Aston Villa last weekend, while the upcoming away trip to Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday evening will also come too soon.
News that Alli could be available for the Newcastle encounter will come as rather encouraging for Spurs as they, arguably, missed a player of his ability in the win against Aston Villa.
Although Christian Eriksen appeared to change the game with his contribution when he came off the bench in the second half – in the 26 minutes he was on the field, he made 3 key passes and had three attempts at goal (WhoScored) – Tottenham were unable to really trouble Aston Villa with too much threat from the middle.
Erik Lamela, who perhaps started because the England international was unavailable, only managed two key passes in his 87 minutes of action, whereas Lucas Moura was the only attacker to match the Dane’s contribution (WhoScored).
Alli managed to average 1.1 key passes in his 25 Premier League matches last season, providing Spurs with five goals and three assists – although that may have been more if he had managed to stay fit throughout the campaign as Transfermarkt noted that he missed 22 games across all competitions in the 2018/19 campaign.
The season before that, the 23-year-old managed to average 1.8 key passes in 36 top-flight appearances, scoring nine goals and providing his team-mates with ten assists (WhoScored).
Alli has proven to be a key player for Pochettino over the last couple of years and it is hugely encouraging that he is on the verge of returning to action for Tottenham in the very near future.
It might be disappointing that he is not likely to be available for the trip to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, but with the north London derby against Arsenal at the beginning of September to come, perhaps the timing of his return could not be much better.
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