By Richard Parks
Toby Alderweireld has posted a Twitter message hailing Tottenham’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Juventus in Italy on Tuesday night.
The Belgium international was omitted from the matchday squad and left behind in London as manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he needed to work on his fitness after only recently recovering from a serious hamstring injury.
Alderweireld’s omission for Tottenham’s biggest match of the season to date perplexed many fans and prompted speculation it could be related to his contract stalemate with the hierarchy.
Nevertheless, the centre-back, 28, took to his personal Twitter account to hail “a good away result from the boys” and stated he was “looking forward” to the second leg at Wembley.
— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) February 13, 2018
Tottenham initially appeared to miss arguably their outstanding centre-back in the first leg as they conceded two penalties in the first half, one of which was missed, and were 2-0 down inside 10 minutes during a frenzied opening.
But Pochettino’s side fought back in impressive style and their dominance was reflected in excellent goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
Alderweireld is expected to be in contention to play in Tottenham’s FA Cup fifth round clash against League One side Rochdale on Sunday.