Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed that he could be out of action until March if he rushes back from his current hamstring injury.
Alderweireld, 28, has been out since early November after pulling up in the 3-1 win against Real Madrid in the Champions League, but has now admitted that his spell on the sidelines could be much longer if he was to suffer a relapse.
Tottenham have struggled without Alderweireld in the five Premier League games he has already missed.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won just one of those outings, losing to Arsenal and Leicester as well as drawing with West Brom and most recently Watford.
Alderweireld is no doubt a key player in the Spurs defence and it would a huge bombshell for them to be without him if he was to suffer a 14 week setback which would leave him out until March.
And the Belgium international has admitted that there is a very high chance that something like that could actually happen.
“I suffered a serious muscle tear, and there is a major risk of me suffering a relapse,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“If the muscle tears completely then I will need an operation, and 14 weeks of recovery time.
“So we are trying to find the right way of working the muscle as much as possible.
“I will have a scan in two weeks‘ time. We will see how much it has recovered, and how far we can push it.”
Alderweireld has been a pivotal part in the Spurs defence this term, making 15 appearances across all competitions.
Tottenham had lost just two in 10 Premier League games with the ex-Atletico Madrid ace in their side, but have already lost that same amount in the five games since.