By Alex McLeish

25th Nov, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Huge' - Exclusive: Manager reacts as Tottenham star man joins injury list

Tottenham have been dealt a bitter blow after losing a “huge” player like Toby Alderweireld to injury.

That is the view of former Premier League manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted the Lilywhites can “ill-afford” to have star men missing in their Premier League push this season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Mourinho confirmed the 31-year-old’s injury blow was not as bad as first feared and that he faces between two and four weeks out of action.

McLeish has lauded the experience of the Belgium international and insisted he has played a huge role in the club’s “incredible performances” this season.

McLeish told Football Insider: Obviously Vertonghen has gone as well now so that is a blow to Mourinho’s squad I suppose.

“He is such a huge, experienced player, you could ill-afford to have him out, especially as they’re ploughing the furrow that they are at the moment, this Spurs team are putting in incredible performances at the top of the league just now.

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“My Spurs pals keep telling me: ‘Alex, tell me, am I in a dream?’ so I’ve got to assure them they’re playing great stuff and they’ll be in it for the long run if they don’t get injuries.” 

Alderweireld has played 10 times across all competitions for Spurs this season and has started the last five Premier League games.

He looks set to miss at least the Lilywhites’ games against Ludogorets, Chelsea, Antwerp and Arsenal over the next fortnight.

In other news, a trio of Tottenham stars are on the radar of Everton ahead of the January transfer window.