By Danny Wright

12th Dec, 2017 | 11:32am

Scan rules out Tottenham first-team player until February - reliable journalist

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is set to miss up to six weeks of action after undergoing a scan on his hamstring injury, according to a reliable journalist.

ESPN reporter Dan Kilpatrick claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that Alderweireld, 28, is not expected to return to action until February, with the 31st January clash against Manchester United his earlier comeback date.

It is said that the first-team centre-back could be back for a tough run that pits Spurs against the likes of United, Arsenal and Juventus, who were drawn to play against Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 on Monday.

Although Alderweireld will be back for those games, his absence will be a massive miss for Spurs who have really struggled for form with the Belgian international sidelined.

The 28-year-old suffered his hamstring injury playing against Real Madrid at Wembley in early November and has not played since.

Ever since, Spurs have won just two of their six Premier League fixtures and were without a win in four before they beat Stoke 5-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

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Alderweireld is no doubt key to Mauricio Pochettino’s set-up but his defensive woes could get worse this week.

Davinson Sanchez has to serve another two games of his suspension while Jan Vertonghen is one yellow card away from a one match ban.

In other Tottenham news, contact has been made for this technically-gifted wizard on Spurs’ radar for January.

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