Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld is “completely fit” after his recent injury troubles according to Belgium national manager Roberto Martinez.
The 29-year-old has not featured for Spurs since playing the full 90 minutes of the FA Cup victory over Rochdale back in February, and has just one unused substitute outing, coming in the win over Swansea City in the same competition on Saturday.
His layoff was caused by a hamstring injury picked up in the 3-1 win over Real Madrid back in November, but despite his lack of playing time, with just 17 outings under his belt, he was called up for Belgium’s upcoming friendly match against Saudi Arabia.
Now, after being sidelined for so long, the club have been handed a major boost by Martinez, who confirmed that the centre back had been in an intense period of rehabilitation to return to full fitness.
He was quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “Toby Alderweireld is completely fit after a difficult rehabilitation.”
Tottenham’s next game sees them take on London rivals Chelsea on the 1st April, in what could be a crunch clash for a top four spot come the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict
If Alderweireld is fully fit, then it should be something to celebrate for Spurs fans, who will no doubt have been dying to see their star defender return to action after what has felt like a lifetime. However, his lack of playing time could be more political then fitness based, and it may suggest that his future at Tottenham is looking like it could come to an end this summer. What Mauricio Pochettino, the fans, and Alderweireld will all want is for him to return off international duty fully fit and ready to face Chelsea in two week’s time. If he does not feature against the Blues, then the supporters’ worst fears will be realised, and they will have to get ready to part with the Belgian come the end of the campaign.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs will look to offload this £14million-rated first teamer in the summer.