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Tottenham senior star: Injury was so bad my leg completely shut down

By Emma Sanders

Toby Alderweireld has spoken out about the “one in a million” injury which shut down his leg and kept him sidelined for almost two months for Tottenham.

The centre-back started his first game since October against Manchester United in the 1-0 defeat on Sunday after returning to the squad and making a substitute appearance against CSKA Moscow days earlier.

Alderweireld’s return date kept being pushed back and he has now revealed that it was because of a nerve injury which the medical staff at Tottenham couldn’t identify.

He also spoke of the struggle to recover as his leg was was unable to work immediately following the injury and he had to battle to recover.

“It was an unusual injury, one in a million. It almost never happens in football. I got a hard knock on the nerve on the right side of my knee. All of my leg was shut down,” Alderweireld told the Evening Standard.

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“It wasn’t an injury you could put a time limit on. With a nerve you don’t know. My leg didn’t work and I had to start all over again. It was difficult for the medical staff to put a time on my recovery because we didn’t know.”

Alderweireld has become a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side since joining for £11.5 million from Southampton in July 2015 and he was hugely missed in defence during his lengthy absence.

His return has given Spurs a big boost and they are in need of victories after picking up just two wins in their last eight Premier League matches.

Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United meant Spurs lead was reduced to just three points over United in fifth place and they have already been knocked out of the Champions League and the EFL Cup.

Tottenham’s next clash is against Hull City on Wednesday evening and they will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against United.

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