Player News - Tottenham Hotspur

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Mauricio Pochettino has played down injury fears after Toby Alderweireld was replaced midway through the second half of Saturdays draw at the Etihad.

The Tottenham manager insisted his withdrawal was "more of a precautionary measure" despite Alderweireld saying post-match that he felt as if his "hamstring was going to snap". Pochettino confirmed the Belgium centre-back felt muscular tightness "but I don’t believe it’s a big issue," those sentiments were echoed later by the player who advised "I didn’t want to risk being out for 6-7 weeks, it feels fine now". Alderweireld will be assessed over the coming days but the early signs look positive which is good news given that teammate Jan Vertonghen has been side-lined for around six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments recently. Tottenham do have options. Kevin Wimmer came in for his first league start since New Year's Day but endured a difficult opening forty-five against City while Ben Davies could be considered in a slight formational change. Victor Wanyama is able to provide defensive cover if needed, although it’s not an ideal solution.
Jan 23 - 8:24 AM

Kyle Walker was at the center of attention as Tottenham Hotspur clawed back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Manchester City on Saturday.

Despite a pair of blunders by Hugo Lloris that resulted in Spurs trailing 2-0 with a little over a half-an-hour remaining, the central figure of the match will go down as Kyle Walker. While Walker supplied a superb right-wing cross on Dele Alli's emphatic header to cut the deficit in half, the defender was lucky to have escaped a red card moments before substitute Son Heung-Min completed the comeback on 77 minutes. Just a minute before Spurs leveled the match, Walker shoved Raheem Sterling off balance prior to the City man's 1v1 strike on Lloris. As if the missed call wasn't enough action, Spurs dodged an additional bullet when later City substitute Gabriel Jesus's headed goal was flagged offside. The nervy draw leaves Tottenham in second, six points behind Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 21 - 3:15 PM

While they've done just fine without him, Spurs will have to continue without winger Erik Lamela for the time being.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed the Argentine international is still in Italy, where he is rehabbing with AS Roma doctors after missing the last the last two months with a hip injury; and it still looks like the attacker is weeks away from a full return. Said Pochettino: "It’s not important to say ‘one week, two weeks, three weeks’, it’s important he feels well and is recovering well after his injury. Our expectation is that when he arrives back we’ll test him and see what level he’s at, build his fitness and then see when he’ll be available to be involved again."
Jan 18 - 6:53 PM

Scan results confirm what most of us suspected on Saturday when a teary Jan Vertonghen was helped from the sidelines in obvious discomfort.

An innocuous stretch by the touchline, unchallenged, has almost ended the Belgium defenders season. Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the game that the ankle "looks bad" and tests since confirm Vertonghen is set for a lengthy spell on sidelines. How long? We can’t be sure at this point, swelling around the ankle joint makes it difficult to give a definitive timeline, but as a guide, Vertonghen will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in the treatment room with the likelihood that it will be closer to ten. The MRI highlighted extensive ligament damage, somewhere between a grade two and grade tear, almost a complete rupture which would’ve resulted in surgery and even more time out. The news will not force Pochettino into the market for a replacement, instead he will turn to the likes of Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies to maintain the Tottenham title charge.
Jan 17 - 1:28 PM

Mauricio Pochettino admits the ankle injury sustained by Jan Vertonghen during the comfortable 4-0 win over West Brom "looks bad" although the full extent of the problem won’t be known for another 24-48 hours.

Vertonghen rolled his ankle as he stretched for the ball by the touchline midway through the second half, and the Belgium defender knew immediately he had a serious problem. Following a brief conversation with the medical team, he was helped down the tunnel in tears. Speaking after match, Pochettino said: "It looks bad for Jan. We need to wait to assess him better on Sunday or Monday. He is very disappointed." Vertonghen has endured an injury hampered year after suffering what looks to be his third significant setback within the last 12 months. He spent seven weeks out in the summer after picking up an ankle ligament injury at Euro 2016, while a knee problem kept him out for almost three months in January 2016. The injury will not force Pochettino to dip into the transfer market, instead, the Argentine could look to the likes of Ben Davies or Kevin Wimmer to help fill the void.
Jan 14 - 2:38 PM

Tottenham continued to stay red hot, completely overpowering West Bromwich Albion on both sides of the ball as a Harry Kane hat trick led to a 4-0 win.

Spurs entered the day with six wins in on the trot across all competitions, but today's performance may have been their best yet during this stretch. Kane got the opening goal in the 12th minute, converting an accurate shot after a pass from Christian Eriksen. It looked as though Eriksen found the net next 14 minutes later, but his shot took a deflection for a Baggie own goal. Kane put the game to bed in the 77th minute, directing home a Kyle Walker cross. The striker then made it a trick five minutes later, finishing from a delicious scoop pass from Dele Alli. The only downside was an injury to Jan Vertonghen, who could miss some time. Spurs climb to second in the table for now and are looking like title contenders at present.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 9:43 AM

Dele Alli struck twice as Tottenham defeated Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane to end the Premier League leaders' 13-match win streak.

Alli headed home a pair of Christian Eriksen crosses to score his third successive brace as Tottenham snapped Chelsea's 13-match winning-streak on Wednesday. Chelsea began the match on the front foot and controlled the majority of chances throughout the first 20 minutes. After sustaining the pressure, Tottenham found their breakthrough when Alli headed a brilliant cross by Erisken past Thibaut Courtois to give the home side a 1-0 lead at halftime. Chelsea started the second half again on the attack but it was again an Eriksen cross and Alli finish that broke the Blues in the 54th minute, as Eriksen found Alli at the back post take a 2-0 advantage. The victory means Tottenham move to fourth in the table, jumping over Arsenal and Manchester City, and now sit seven points behind Chelsea.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 4 - 5:50 PM

Tottenham had another goal explosion, this time at the hands of Watford as Spurs would cruise to a 1-4 win.

Some credit has to go to a Watford side that didn't really show up today but Spurs were clicking on all cylinders nonetheless. They broke through in the 27th minute when Kieran Trippier, playing for the suspended Kyle Walker slotted a pass to Harry Kane and Kane beat the keeper. The duo were at it again six minutes later, when Trippier's cross was met in front of goal by Kane's foot. Dele Alli continued his fine run of form, scoring Tottenham's next two goals. He pounced on a poor clearance to score on 41 minutes, then scored from a Kane cross less than a minute into the second half. The rest of the match was all about preserving key players for the clash with Chelsea on Wednesday and their clean sheet was spoiled in the closing seconds.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 10:27 AM

After both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season in last night's win over Southampton, Tottenham defenders Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen will be suspended for the New Year's Day match against Watford.

It is a bit of a mess on the back line for Spurs as the calendar flips to 2017. Not only will two regular starters be missing for sure, Toby Alderweireld, who was absent last night with an illness, is also a question mark at this time for the clash with the Hornets. Presumably, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer could deputize for Walker and Vertonghen respectively, while Eric Dier could provide further cover if Alderweireld is unavailable. One of the better defenses in the league, fantasy managers who own the likes of Hugo Lloris or Danny Rose may want to temper expectations for Week 20.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:53:00 AM

Toby Alderweireld was thought to be in contention for Tottenham's match against Southamptomn last night but the center back missed out due to an illness.

The Belgian international had been dealing with a minor back problem that caused him to miss the previous match for Spurs. He has made just two starts since missing the previous six league matches and has now missed the last two. Hopefully, he can get this injury-plagued first half of the season behind him and be a more steady presence for Mauricio Pochettino and fantasy managers in the second half.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:11:00 AM

Dele Alli netted a brace as Tottenham defeated 10-man Southampton 4-1 at the St. Mary's Stadium on Wednesday.

In a must-win match for Tottenham, it was Southampton who took the lead after 69 seconds. However, Spurs did not trail for long as Dele Alli erased the deficit with a header on 19 minutes before Harry Kane gave them the lead in seven minutes after halftime. Southampton were then reduced to 10 men minutes later when Nathan Redmond brought down Alli in the box. Despite Kane firing the ensuing spot kick well over, Tottenham's offensive firepower shined with the man advantage and yielded two goals. Substitute Heung-Min Son sealed all three points in the 85th minute when he buried a strike past Fraser Forster, while Alli scored his second goal of the game from 10 yards just two minutes later. The result means Spurs enter Sunday's match with Watford within one point of fourth-place Arsenal.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 05:20:00 PM

With the exception of Erik Lamela, Tottenham should have a squad at full strength against Southampton on Wednesday,

Mauricio Pochettino only ruled out fellow countryman Lamela, meaning Vincent Janssen, Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld should all be ready for matchday as the trio have been involved in training all week. It also helps that Spurs play 48 hours later than most of the matches this gameweek, which takes place on Boxing Day. Alderweireld should slot straight back into the XI, Janssen will likely take on a bench role while Dembele could go either way, as Pochettino has options in the center of the pitch should he not want to risk starting the Belgian.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:16:00 AM

Tottenham officially confirmed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a long-term deal through 2022 after months of negotiations.

In more than four years at the club, Lloris has made nearly 200 appearances. The French international has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain over the past year, but committed his future to the North London side today. Said Lloris: "That’s the way I show my commitment to the Club, to my team-mates and the gaffer and to show again how much I believe in this project and hopefully the best years are ahead. Step by step we are building a strong team, a strong spine and then we are making a competitive team for the future."
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Tottenham fell behind in the opening half but stormed back, coming from behind with a winning goal by Danny Rose to topple Burnley, 2-1.

Burnley nearly went ahead 11 minutes in, but Hugo Lloris made a fantastic stop with his feet of an Andre Gray shot from point blank range. The Clarets would score the opener ten minutes later though, after Kyle Walker was stripped of the ball near the box. Tottenham found an equalizer from Dele Alli just six minutes later, turning in a shot after Kyle Walker fizzed a cross into the area. Alli nearly had a big day, but one shot hit the woodwork and another curled just beyond the corner of the far post. The winner came on 71 minutes, when Moussa Sissoko charged down the middle, fed the ball to Rose wide left and the full back beat the keeper at the near post. Rose would exit early with a bruised thigh but he will have nine days to recover.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Toby Alderweireld was a surprise absentee from Mauricio Pochettion's XI today and it was revealed that the center back had to miss out with an minor back injury.

The injury occurred yesterday in training and the Belgian international was likely assessed by the manager this morning and deemed unfit to participate. It is a frustrating loss for fantasy owners, especially in formats where he is on your roster all season. Eric Dier shifts from a defensive midfield position to partner Jan Vertonghen as Mousa Dembele makes his return from injury with an immediate start.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 10:30:00 AM


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