By Wayne Veysey

29th Dec, 2016 | 8:25am

Tottenham fans accuse Pochettino of lying about key player

By Harry Sykes

Tottenham fans have accused Mauricio Pochettino on Twitter of lying about the fitness of Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgium international was absent for a second consecutive match on Wednesday as Spurs came from a goal down to beat Southampton 4-1 in their Premier League clash at St Mary’s Stadium.

This came after manager Pochettino had claimed in the build-up to the fixture that Alderweireld would be “available” and was “training well” after missing the win over Burnley with a back problem.

But when the team was announced there was no place for Alderweireld, either in the starting XI or on the substitute’s bench.

The official Spurs website reported that the key centre-back was sidelined not with a back problem, but with a “virus”.

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This immediately prompted an outpouring of dissatisfaction from Tottenham fans on social media as they accused the manager of covering up the real reason for Alderweireld’s absence.

Spurs supporters are particularly sensitive about the Belgian because he has only recently recovered from a knee problem that sidelined him for two months.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

A Dele Alli double and goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, who also missed a second-half penalty, secured the three points for Pochettino’s side against his former club.

Tottenham climbed to within one point of fourth-placed Arsenal in the table as they continue their title challenge.

In other Tottenham news, the club have moved a few steps closer to completing a landmark £30million signing following a shock new development.