By Richard Parks
Toby Alderweireld has declared himself fit for the north London derby tomorrow (Saturday) – and Tottenham fans have expressed their delight on Twitter.
The Spurs defender explained to the media in the aftermath of his comeback in the FA Cup win against Newport County on Wednesday night that he is fully recovered from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for three months and is confident he can play against his side’s bitter rivals less than three days later.
“Yeah, I feel very good, after 90 minutes, I worked very hard to play those kind of games and be ready and I feel very good,” said Alderweireld, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Alderweireld played the whole 90 minutes of the game against Newport, but was hardly tested as Spurs cruised to a 2-0 victory against the League Two side.
It’s now up to Mauricio Pochettino on whether to recall the player widely regarded by Tottenham fans as their outstanding centre-back or to hold him back for the Champions League clash against Juventus next Tuesday.
One supporter took to Twitter to urge the Spurs manager to throw his usual caution into the wind and play Alderweireld against Arsenal as they desperately need him.
Others insisted that it is a huge boost the Belgium international is confident he can last the pace in such a marquee fixture.
Here is a selection of the best messages on Twitter:
— Toni ???????? ???? (@SuperJanVert) February 8, 2018
An obvious starter???? pic.twitter.com/06DEdDaj5J
— SteffA (@SteffWiAnd) February 8, 2018
YESSSSSSS. Toby to score the winner in injury time and jump into the stands at Wembley
— MELIH (@melihs11) February 9, 2018
This makes me happy, jan and toby back together we will be a stingier defence than Italian teams form the early 90's
— Brian O' Donnell (@Bodbram) February 8, 2018
with Aubamayang now in the Arsenal team, we will desperately need him. Go on, Poch, throw your usual caution into the wind! #goToby
— sabina nardell (@lillun6) February 9, 2018
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) February 8, 2018
Great news too #Coys
— Ghost Nation (@leatherface196) February 9, 2018
In other Tottenham news, this Spurs starting XI is set to start against Arsenal – and they will rip the visitors to shreds.