Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern will be looking forward to their match with Stoke City at the weekend as they look to extend the gap between them and Chelsea for the fourth spot to 11 points before the Blues play.
Harry Kane was a surprise inclusion in the squad for that game and came on as a second-half substitute despite a serious looking injury, however, locals have been questioning what Toby Alderweireld needs to do to make a return.
There have been rumours that the pair has had a falling out in the past, whilst the Belgium international continues to refuse to sign a new deal, however, Mauricio Pochettino insists that it is down to footballing reasons and the injury the centre-back sustained.
“For me it’s like all the players. We assess the players, day by day and week by week,” he told football.london.
“It’s true that it was unlucky when he got the injury against Real Madrid. A massive injury.
“Of course that was a difficult period for him to get back and fit. Of course different players push in their performance and he needs to wait like different players during the season, they need to keep pushing and working hard and be ready if the manager is going to give the opportunity.
“For me, like every single manager, its about performance, training sessions, form during the season and then you pick your starting XI, the best players to try to play.
“He needs to keep pushing and of course the team is in very good form, 13 games unbeaten in the Premier League. For no one it is easy to come back and play again. But for him it was a difficult moment because it was a tough, tough injury.”
The Spurs locals in the Tavern will not be concerned with the news that Alderweireld is sitting out of the side as the team are currently playing well without him. Many of the punters will be happy to see the club sell the defender at the end of the season, as it appears he wants out of north London.
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