Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld could reportedly make his comeback from a knee injury against Leicester City in 10 days time.
The Belgian international was stretchered off during the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the weekend following a collision with teammate Jan Vertonghen.
Initial fears were that he had possibly sustained a serious injury, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has allayed those concerns with his latest update ahead of his side’s Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen this week.
“We believe it is not a big issue,” he told reporters, as noted by Sky Sports. “Now we have to wait for the result of the scan, which he took this afternoon.”
While that in itself will be a relief for Tottenham supporters, The Sun have gone a step further and put a possible timeline on Alderweireld’s recovery, with the suggestion that the former Atletico Madrid and Southampton man could return to take on Leicester in 10 days time.
Eric Dier will fill in for him for the Leverkusen game as well as for the trip to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday and the EFL Cup tie with Liverpool next week, but it will undoubtedly be a major boost if it is indeed confirmed that the defender hasn’t suffered a serious setback.
Alderweireld hasn’t missed a single Premier League game since his arrival at White Hart Lane last summer, and in turn he has been able to build a solid partnership with compatriot Vertonghen at the heart of the Spurs defence.
As a result, Pochettino will hope to have him back as soon as possible, but ultimately he will be a relieved man if it’s confirmed that his defensive star will be back by the end of the month and not ruled out for a significant period of time as first feared.