By Alan Hutton

27th Nov, 2020 | 7:15am

'It's Bad...he looked in pain walking' - Pundit Exclusive: My heart bleeds for Spurs key man

Alan Hutton has admitted he is gutted to see Toby Alderweireld injured after building a “really strong” partnership with Eric Dier at Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender admitted he feared the worst for the 31-year-old as he limped off against Manchester City on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho confirmed on Wednesday that the centre-back’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared but he still faces between two and four weeks on the sidelines.

The Belgium international has started Tottenham’s last five Premier League games but now looks set to sit out against London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as the final three Europa League group games.

Hutton admits splitting up Alderweireld and Dier will be a bitter pill for Jose Mourinho to swallow after the duo’s impressive performances in recent weeks.

“Alderweireld and Dier have really made a good partnership, I think when you look at the stats, they’ve not conceded very many goals,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“They were looking really strong and I just noticed the way he walked off, he looked in pain walking and that’s not a great sign, that’s when you know it’s quite bad so I do really feel for him.

“I think they’re lucky enough that they brought in a centre-half, Rodon, but again, he’s not been tested, I’ve not seen much of him, whether he’ll throw him straight in, we’ll have to wait and see.

“I do feel for Alderweireld, they formed a great partnership and he was playing really well.”

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