Player News - Tottenham Hotspur

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Heung-Min Son is poised to miss the start of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign after he was selected as one of three over-age players to represent South Korea at the upcoming Asian Games.

The tournament begins on August 14, and with Son set to join his international team-mates prior, he’s likely to be absent for Spurs’ opening four games of the season – Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester United and Watford. Although there has been no agreement for the release of Son, Mauricio Pochettino is expected to reluctantly allow the 26-year-old to represent his country as winning the Games would guarantee the South Korea star exemption from 21-months of national service, which is due to begin in 2020. Tottenham are already sweating on the availability of up-to nine first-team players who were involved in the final weekend of the World Cup finals. The likes of Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris all featured prominently for their respective countries in Russia and face a race against time to be ready for the opener when they return from their extended break.
Jul 18 - 1:11 AM

Gareth Southgate looks set for a much-needed boost as his battle-weary squad prepare for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final clash with Sweden in Samara.

The Three Lions came through a nailing biting penalty shootout win over Colombia on Tuesday evening, but the victory came at a cost. Jamie Vardy is rated as a major doubt after aggravating a long-standing groin problem, although there was better news regarding Kyle Walker who is expected to recover from the muscle cramp which forced him off during extra-time. Harry Kane complained of discomfort in his calf, but initial tests suggest it is fatigue-related, and the England captain should train ahead of the game. Dele Alli [thigh] will be checked while Ashley Young is hoping to shake off ankle and thigh knocks. However, Southgate can call upon Danny Rose as a like-for-like replacement if there are any complications. Fabian Delph, who flew home last Friday, makes a timely return to the fold following the birth of his third child on Wednesday.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 5 - 4:51 AM

Dele Alli has been declared fit for England’s second-round game with Colombia on Tuesday evening following his recovery from a minor thigh strain.

The Tottenham midfielder was excellent during the first forty-five against Tunisia in the opening match, but faded terribly in the second half before being replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek. A scan, following the last-gasp victory, revealed Alli had suffered a slight muscular tear which caused him to miss the remaining matches of Group G, however, he will return for the knockout phase. After making 8-changes in the defeat to Belgium, manager Gareth Southgate is likely to revert to a similar looking line-up to the one which demolished Panama 6-1. John Stones has been cleared to resume full training after his withdrawal on Thursday. The Manchester City centre-back was seen icing his left calf after being replaced at half-time by Harry Maguire. Fabian Delph should also be available after returning home on Friday as his wife is due to give birth to their third child.
Source: Daily Star
Jul 1 - 6:09 AM

Dele Alli is rated as a major doubt for England’s second Group G game against Panama on Sunday.

The Tottenham midfielder suffered a thigh injury during the first half of the win over Tunisia, and even though Fabian Delph was readied as his replacement, Alli managed to see out 80 minutes. "Hopefully I am okay," he said post-match. "It's my quad." Meanwhile, the Football Association confirmed that the 22-year-old was sent for a precautionary scan which revealed a "slight thigh strain," and with such a short turnaround between games, Gareth Southgate is not prepared to take any unnecessary risks. That could open the door for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who impressed during his 10-minute cameo. Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford will also come into the manager’s thinking having helped change the course of Monday’s game. The Manchester United attacker replaced a disappointing Raheem Sterling, who faded badly in the second half, and he looks poised for a starting berthing against the team ranked at 55 in the world by FIFA.
Jun 20 - 7:02 AM

Roberto Martinez says the Belgium quartet of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele will put all talk of their futures on hold until after the finals in Russia.

"The group has decided to only focus on the World Cup. All the personal situations will be put to one side," revealed the national manager. Courtois has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and recent reports suggest Chelsea have turned down a £35m bid from Champions League winners Real Madrid. Meanwhile, team-mate Hazard is also attracting interest from the La Liga giants, and he said little to quell rumours of a potential move: "Do they interest me? Yes, maybe," he said. "If I stay at Chelsea, then the team have to do better than they did last season." Alderweireld appears to have fallen out-of-favour under Mauricio Pochettino following an injury-plagued season and the centre-back could leave, if a new deal can’t be agreed. Dembele appears the most likely to move on as Tottenham look to cash-in on the 30-year-old who is a long-term fitness worry.
Jun 18 - 12:01 PM

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has left his future in North London open with his latest comments to the Belgium media.

According to Belgian newspaper Dezondag, the versatile defender is eyeing a summer exit after the World Cup with Belgium. "I have another two years contract. Tottenham decides about my future. Of course I have my own idea. But that is not the case now. The past season was tough. But I'm glad that I could play the last four matches. That means that I am ready for the World Cup." If Spurs activate the one-year option in his contract for 2019/2020, he can leave for only £25 million, at least £30 million short of his potential value. But after making only 14 top-flight appearances last year, the Belgian could be on his way out this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 11 - 10:31 AM

Manchester United are keen to complete the double signing of Toby Alderweireld and Brazilian midfielder Fred before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.

Reports suggest that United have already opened talks with Alderweireld in a deal said to be worth in the region of £55 million, although chairman Daniel Levy would like closer to £75 million. Alderweireld helped form the mainstay of the Tottenham defence under Pochettino, but after suffering a serious hamstring injury in November, he has struggled to nail down regular game time since his recovery. Discussions over a new deal have been ongoing for a while, but the club are not prepared to match Alderweireld’s wage demands and they will now look to cash-in. Due to a clause in his current contract, he can leave next year for £25 million meaning the club will push to off-load him in the summer. Elsewhere, Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov has already confirmed Fred will be sold to "a good and strong club" with United in pole position to land him for around £52 million.
Source: The Times
May 25 - 4:27 AM

Spurs fans will be relieved to see that manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new long-term contract.

Amid links this summer to Chelsea among other big-club vacancies, the Argentine manager signs on for five more years with Spurs after leading the club to back-to-back top-three finishes in the Premier League. Said Pochettino after the deal was announced: "I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium. This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years."
May 24 - 5:52 PM

The Football Association confirm Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named as the England captain for the World Cup finals in Russia.

In a meeting at St. George’s Park on Monday evening, manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Kane will be skipper for the tournament: "Harry has some outstanding personal qualities," he said. "He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day." Despite being pipped to the Golden Boot by Player of the Year Mo Salah [32-goals], Kane managed to win the most Premier League points for his side [22] scoring 30-goals for the first time in his career. On hearing the news, Kane said: "To be captain is that little bit more," he said. "I’m so excited for the World Cup, I can’t wait to be there and experience it. To lead the lads out, it’s going to be special." England kick-off their campaign on June 18 against Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Source: Sky Sports
May 22 - 6:04 AM

Harry Winks has been scheduled for surgery in an attempt to cure a longstanding ankle injury.

The 22-year-old was stretchered off at Turf Moor 13 months ago and has been hampered ever since. It was hoped that a recent stint at the world-renowned Aspetar Clinic in Qatar would help, but a decision has now been taken for Winks to go under the knife with a view to him being ready for pre-season. Having recently signed a new long-term deal, Winks maintains he is "determined to go forward positively" following a stop-start season which saw the promising youngster make just 16 Premier League appearances, while the problem ended any hopes of featuring at this summers World Cup finals. "It’s easy to dwell on the negatives but all I can do really is to focus on the positives. The most important thing is to get myself fit, get my ankle right and hopefully I can have a long, injury-free campaign next year, contribute to a lot of games and we can go on and win a trophy."
May 19 - 5:07 AM

Heung-min Son plays down concerns of a serious injury after admitting he has been taking painkillers since April to help manage a minor ankle problem.

The Tottenham attacker was speaking in Seoul after joining his international teammates for a pre-World Cup training camp. Son has enjoyed another fantastic domestic season [12-goals + six assists] and coach Shin Tae-yong will be hoping he can continue that form heading into the World Cup finals despite a niggling ankle issue. "I really played a lot this season, but luckily I had no big injuries and gained some experience," Son said. "I did take painkillers for the last six weeks to play in matches, but there aren't footballers who are free from injury. I'll take some rest this week, and I'll be fine." South Korea face Mexico, Sweden and holders Germany in Group F and Son will have little time to rest up with friendlies against Honduras, Bosnia, Bolivia and Senegal prior to their opening game in Russia on June 18.
May 16 - 11:25 AM

Erik Lamela scored a brace and added an assist, all in the second half, in an absolutely frantic affair as Tottenham erased a 1-3 deficit to eventually win 5-4.

Good grief, what a last hurrah for these two sides as it was end-to-end action for the full 90 minutes. It was tough news for Spurs early - first they got word that Jan Vertonghen was a late scratch, then the Belgian's absence seem to lead to giving up the opening goal inside of four minutes. The frenzy was on though as Harry Kane leveled it just three minutes later, going near post after a nice feed from Lucas Moura. Momentum shifted to the Foxes, who scored two unanswered as the second half unfolded, but Spurs stormed back. Lamela's first goal came in the 49th minute, tapping home another assist from Lucas. Lamela then got the fantasy assist by having an effort minutes later turned in by Leicester for an own goal. He got his brace on the hour mark, putting another short range shot home from a Kyle Walker-Peters ball. Leicester would level but leave it to Kane to score the final goal of the day, this one helped by Danny Rose.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:21 PM

Mauricio Pochettino is a "little bit concerned" about the injury sustained by Kieran Trippier and hopes the setback will not end his dreams of playing in this summer’s World Cup finals.

Trippier was forced off with less than 10 minutes remaining after a challenge from behind by Mo Diame which earned the Newcastle midfielder a yellow card. During his post-match press conference, Pochettino would not speculate on the severity of the problem but admitted it was a worry: "We need to wait until Thursday and after that we will assess," he said. "I wish, and I hope that he is OK. Of course, we are a little bit concerned about the situation. I hope fitness is not a big issue, and he can be ready and fit to play at the World Cup. I think it was a twist of his knee." Regardless, Trippier will not be risked in the final game now that their Champions League qualification place has been assured for next season. Serge Aurier will come into the side if he can overcome a hamstring injury.
Source: Sky Sports
May 10 - 4:25 AM

Tottenham secured its mission to play Champions League football next season with a 1-0 win against Newcastle.

Although the Spurs attacker didn’t have the triple-captain outbreak that FPL.com managers dreamed about over the last week, including a scoreless draw in the first game of the double gameweek, Harry Kane still appeased with the match-winner against Newcastle when he flicked on Heung-Min Son’s pass early in the first half for his 28th goal of the season. We shouldn’t rule out catching Mohamed Salah stop the leaderboard, as Kane currently sits three goal behind the Liverpool star, especially given his performance to end the year last season.
Source: NBC Sports
May 10 - 3:41 AM

Eric Dier was absent from training on Tuesday and the midfielder will miss tomorrow's match against Newcastle at Wembley.

Speaking ahead of the re-arranged Premier League clash, manager Mauricio Pochettino provided a mixed injury update for a game his side can ill afford to lose with Chelsea breathing down their necks in fourth place. "Last night Dier started with vomiting and fever and now it's normal that he needs a minimum of 48 hours to recover to be available again for training. We hope he will be available for the weekend." Kieran Trippier looks set to retain his place at right-back after Serge Aurier failed to recover from a hamstring strain. On the opposite flank, Ben Davies is expected to replace Danny Rose. Mousa Dembele is being monitored ahead of the final weekend but Harry Winks' season is over as he continues his rehab following an ankle injury. Jan Vertonghen has been cleared to play having recovered after being forced off at West Brom on Saturday.
May 8 - 9:35 AM



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