Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that defender Toby Alderweireld requires further assessment to determine the extent of his injury.
The Belgian international suffered what his coach described as a “leg injury” as he was stretchered off after a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen in the second half of their 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Alderweireld was visibly in pain and needed plenty of treatment before eventually being taken off, and Pochettino will now need to wait for further tests before discovering how long his centre-half will be ruled out for.
“Now, it’s difficult to know (how serious the injury is),” he said after the game, as reported by Sky Sports.
“He got a heavy knock on his right leg and we need to wait 24 or 48 hours to assess it better.”
Should the former Atletico Madrid ace miss any game time, it will be a shock and unfamiliar situation for Spurs given that he has started every Premier League game for them since his move last summer.
Initially, the fear is that he will miss the Champions League encounter with Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night as it will probably come too soon, with Eric Dier set to step in if he is indeed ruled out.
Although the England international will provide quality cover, the fact that the partnership of Alderweireld and Vertonghen has conceded just four goals in eight league games so far this season, it paints a picture as to how important the pair are to the success of the team.