Mauricio Pochettino Confirms Toby Alderweireld Will Miss 'Weeks Not Months' After West Brom Injury

Published on: 16 October 2016

Spurs have been handed an injury boost after Belgian centre back Toby Alderweireld was stretchered off against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

According to theGuardian, the defender, who has been ruled out of his side's Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, is likely to be on the sidelines for weeks rather than months.

Alderweireld is set to have a scan on his injured knee to reveal the full extent of the damage, although Spurs are hopeful that it is not as concerning as first feared.

Pochettino is likely to pair Jan Vertonghen with Eric Dier in Alderweireld's absence, the England international having made his name as a centre back before moving to midfield.

The good thing about Eric is he can play like a midfielder and a centre-back, and can perform good in several positions,� Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. That is important and we will see about the decision for Tuesday. It is one option more that we have.�

In other injury news for Spurs, Harry Kane is set to make his return to training after a month out with injury. The 23-year old striker injured his ankle ligaments in his side's win over Sunderland in September and hasn't featured since.

Hopefully as soon as possible we can recover him, and the team will get stronger,� Pochettino added.The Champions League game on Tuesday is too soon for him but maybe Monday he will start to train on the pitch.�

Danny Rose is also set to make his return to the starting lineup against Bayer Leverkusen after being rested against West Brom.