By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are hopeful that Toby Alderweireld will make his return from injury after the international break, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that the 27-year-old will take part in training sessions and the club will make a call on his fitness ahead of their next match.
It is reported that Spurs hope Alderweireld will recover in time for the next game which is against West Ham in the Premier League.
The defender picked up a knee injury against West Brom in October and his side have struggled without him since.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are currently on a seven-game winless run in all competitions and that started with the 1-1 draw with the Baggies, with the absence of the commanding centre-back showing.
Alderweireld has become a firm fan favourite since he arrived at White Hart Lane in 2015 and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
He has forged a commanding partnership alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen at centre-back and Spurs currently have the best defensive record in the league, conceding six goals in the opening 11 games.
He has made 59 appearances for Spurs and played a major role in the club’s title challenge last season.
Spurs will be hopeful that Alderweirled can return ahead of three crucial fixtures as they face the Hammers and title contenders Chelsea in the league, as well as must-win away tie against Monaco in the Champions League.
In other Tottenham team news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter as their striker picked up an injury on international duty.