A second regular Tottenham defender omitted from squad v Leverkusen - reliable journalist
By Dominic Toner
Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker have both both omitted from Tottenham’s Champions League clash.
Spurs face an away match against German side Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night and the senior pair have not travelled with the squad.
Alderweireld, 27, was stretchered off in the club’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday after a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Monday afternoon that the centre-back is waiting for the result of his scan and will not play against Leverkusen, but the club are not expecting a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the key defender.
Walker, 26, will also miss Spurs’ third Champions League group match of the campaign as he is rested for the tie.
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Spurs briefed PA journalist Tom Allnut, as quoted on his personal Twitter account, that Walker has stayed in England to recover.
Kyle Walker hasn't travelled with the Spurs squad. Club say he's being rested. #thfc
— Tom Allnutt (@tomallnuttPA) October 17, 2016
Kieran Trippier is expected to step in at right-back against Leverkusen.
Alderweireld and Walker make up the club’s regular back four alongside Vertonghen and Danny Rose.
The Guardian claim claim Eric Dier will drop back from his usual midfield anchorman role to partner Vertonghen in defence, while the extent of Alderweireld’s injury is discovered.
Walker has been a constant presence in Spurs’ defence and Pochettino feels he needs a rest.
The England international played 90 minutes on two occasions during the international break and also played against West Brom at the weekend.
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