By Dominic Toner

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Toby Alderweireld will be assessed on Friday ahead of the Swansea match at the weekend.

Spurs host Bob Bradley’s side in the Premier League on Saturday and could welcome back senior defender Alderwerield.

The centre-back has missed the club’s last nine games in all competitions through injury and they have tasted victory just once without him.

Pochettino has explained that Alderweireld has been training with his team-mates during the week and has refused to rule him out again Swansea.

“Toby Alderweireld has been training with the team this week. We need to asses him tomorrow to see if he’s ready or not,” Pochettino said, as cited by the club’s official Twitter account.

Spurs fans will be delighted at the possibility that the 27-year-old could return on Saturday as he has been sorely missed.

Eric Dier has been forced to cover his vacant defensive position and he looks a shadow of the player who excelled last season in midfield.

Alderweireld is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League and has watched his side lose ground in the title race due to his knee injury.

The north London club are now seven points behind leaders Chelsea and four behind rivals Arsenal in fourth-place.

Alderweireld is expected to come straight back into the starting XI when he is available and will be a huge boost to Spurs.

The Belgium international has formed a strong partnership alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen at centre-back and the pair are extremely difficult to beat.

He has made 59 appearances since he moved to White Hart Lane in 2015 and scored give goals.

Swansea scorend five goals in their last league match in a 5-4 victory against Crystal Palace and Alderweireld may still feature against an in-form attack.

In other Tottenham team news, Alan Shearer has criticised four of the club’s players for their impact.