By Tony Hughes
Tottenham have been given a huge boost by an encouraging bulletin from Mauricio Pochettino about the fitness of Toby Alderweireld.
The centre-back was stretchered off during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday after a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen.
Alderweireld is out of Spurs’ Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night but Pochettino is not expecting a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the key defender.
“We need to wait for the scan but we believe it’s not a big issue,” said the Spurs manager to the club’s official Twitter account on their flight to Germany on Monday afternoon.
“He got a knock on his leg but it was better yesterday and today. We need to wait for the result of the scan but we hope it’s nothing important.”
“We need to wait for the scan but we believe it’s not a big issue.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 17, 2016
The Guardian claim Eric Dier will drop back from his usual midfield anchorman role to partner Jan Vertonghen on Tuesday night.
Alderweireld is due to undergo a scan on Monday amid fears he has suffered nerve damage in his knee.
Dier started on the substitute’s bench at the Hawthorns after being overlooked for a midfield starting spot but replaced Alderweireld at the hour mark and slotted into his old position of centre-back.
The Guardian report that Dier, who has had a mixed start to the new season after his outstanding 2015-16 campaign, is set to partner Vertongthen against Leverkusen ahead of specialist central defenders Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Although Alderweireld was in a lot of pain at the time of the injury, the Belgian was able to walk out of the Hawthorns and was pictured on Sunday without a brace, crutches or strapping on his knee.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) October 16, 2016
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.
In other Tottenham news, Dele Alli highlights the area the side needs to improve upon for the rest of the season.