Tottenham injury concern drops Twitter selection hint ahead of Southampton clash
By Harry Sykes
Kyle Walker has hinted on Twitter that he will be fit to take his place in the Tottenham team for their Premier League match against Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
The right-back’s participation in the White Hart Lane fixture has been in doubt since it emerged on Thursday that he was suffering from an ankle injury.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted at his press conference on Thursday that Walker had suffered an ankle problem while at home on a day off on Monday.
But the England international delivered an upbeat social media message on Saturday evening that strongly suggested he had passed a fitness test.
“Looking forward to tomorrow’s match,” wrote Walker on his personal Twitter account, followed by the hashtag ‘Lets Go’.
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— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) March 18, 2017
It is less likely that Walker would have used the hashtag if he had been ruled out of the match, which Spurs must win to ensure they end the weekend at second in the Premier League table.
Spurs reported on their official Twitter account that Walker and fellow first-team mainstay Victor Wanyama (neck) were being closely monitored by the club’s medical staff in the build-up to the match.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 17, 2017
Kieran Trippier is the man in line to replace Walker at right-back, should the first choice fail to make it, while Ben Davies is set to continue to deputise for the injured Danny Rose at left-back.
Walker’s attacking prowess would be missed as he adds an extra dimension to the team’s forward thrusts on the right flank.
In all competitions this season, the England international has supplied an impressive six assists from 31 matches.
Tottenham host Southampton a distant 13 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea following their 2-1 win at Stoke on Saturday.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.