Tony Alderweireld has been outstanding since his summer move from Atletico Madrid

By Harry Sykes

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen were substituted as a “precaution” during Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Stoke on Sunday.

The Spurs manager is hopeful neither have suffered serious injuries and explained that they will both be assessed by the club’s medical staff over the next 24 hours.

The centre-back pair were both withdrawn during the second half of the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane, with Spurs already four goals ahead and totally dominant.

“We hope that both are not big issues,” said Pochettino afterwards to the BBC, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “They asked to leave the pitch as a precaution. We hope it is nothing important. Today and tomorrow we will assess them.”

Pochettino named an unchanged XI for Sunday’s clash against Stoke, with Vertonghen and Alderweireld two of three centre-backs alongside Eric Dier in a 3-5-2 formation.

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Alderweireld was replaced by fellow centre-back Kevin Wimmer early in the second half and Vertonghen was later substituted in favour of central midfielder Harry Winks.

A Harry Kane hat-trick, his third in nine appearances, and a Dele Alli goal helped to blow Stoke away thanks principally to a stunning first-half display.

Pochettino will not want to lose key pair Alderweireld and Vertonghen for any length of period giving how important they have been this season in the meanest backline in the Premier League.

Spurs have conceded just 18 goals from 26 top-flight encounters and their latest clean sheet on Sunday helped secure the three points and lift them back to second in the table.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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