By Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino is pessimistic about Toby Alderweireld’s chances of recovering in time for Tottenham’s Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
The Belgium defender suffered a knee injury during Spurs’ 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday.
The centre-back was stretchered off after a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen seemed to have caused serious damage.
Pochettino is not convinced that Alderweireld will have recovered in time for the Champions League trip to Germany on Tuesday.
“It is very difficult for him to go to Germany but we don’t know for sure,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Sun. “We need to assess him on Sunday.
“Toby got a heavy knock on his leg and we will see what happens. Now it is very painful but we need to know the precise problem.”
Alderweireld was pictured playing Call of Duty with Dele Alli on Jan Vertonghen’s Instagram account on Sunday and, reassuringly for Spurs fans, there is no sign of a brace, crutches or strapping on his knee.
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Tottenham are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and have conceded just four goals in their opening eight fixtures.
Alderweireld and Vertonghen’s partnership in defence is widely considered to be one of the best in the league.
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