By Tony Hughes

Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane have been ruled out of Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino is also sweating on the fitness of Danny Rose, who suffered a foot injury in the midweek Champions League draw against Bayer Leverkusen.

Alderweireld missed the goalless stalemate in Germany with a knee injury sustained in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against West Brom, while Kane has been sidelined since mid-September with ankle ligament damage.

Rose played the full 90 minutes against Leverkusen on Tuesday but left the BayArena in a protective boot and is rated doubtful for the weekend.

“We need to assess Danny Rose tomorrow, he got a bruise on his foot against Leverkusen on Tuesday,” Pochettino said on Thursday afternoon, as quoted by the official Spurs website.

Pochettino claimed there was “good news” with Alderweireld but revealed the centre-back’s knee was “still painful” and he will not feature against Bournemouth.

Sky Sports claim on their website that the central defender is unlikely to return for the EFL Cup tie with Liverpool next Tuesday, but could feature in the home game against reigning Premier League champions Leicester on 29 October.

The Belgium international missed Spurs’ goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League after being carried off on a stretcher with a nasty-looking knee injury against West Brom last Saturday.

A scan on Alderweireld’s knee on Monday revealed there was no serious damage but the Bournemouth match will come too soon for him.

 

Eric Dier replaced Alderweireld in central defence against Leverkusen on Tuesday as Tottenham kept alive their hopes of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages with a crucial point.

Spurs are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and have conceded just four goals in their opening eight fixtures.

In other Tottenham team news, Dele Alli highlights the area the side needs to improve upon for the rest of the season.