Tottenham Hotspur defender Alderweireld out until February

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Toby Alderweireld will be on the sidelines until February, reports BBC Sport.

What’s happened?

The Belgium international has been on the sidelines since the start of November with a hamstring injury.

Alderweireld suffered the blow in the early stages of Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The North London outfit rarely give definitive timelines of recovery, but now Pochettino has revealed that he does not expect to welcome the defender back for another two months.

According to BBC Sport, the manager told reporters:

“We cannot change the reality. The reality is he is injured and cannot play until February.”

Can Spurs cope without him?

In six Premier League games since Alderweireld was struck down with injury, the team have won just twice.

In that stretch, Pochettino’s men conceded seven goals, with Davinson Sanchez regularly partnering Jan Vertonghen at the back.

Losing Alderweireld for the hectic festive schedule is less than ideal, particularly as the defender will be missing for matches against Manchester City and Manchester United.

The silver lining is that the defender could return to the fold in time for Champions League action.

Spurs will take on Italian giants Juventus in the last 16 in the hope of reaching the quarter-finals.