Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld not expected to travel to Juventus.
Toby Alderweireld is not expected to travel with Tottenham for their Champions League clash away to Juventus on Tuesday.
The Belgian Defender has been out injured for a long period and It is understood a decision has been taken to leave the defender in London to continue conditioning work and rehabilitation, rather than making the trip to Turin to feature as a substitute on the bench.
Belgium international had been sidelined for three months with a hamstring injury but claimed that he is fit and strong to give his 100%. He made his comeback in the recent cup victory over Newport County where he played the full 90 minutes, but has not been in the squad for three successive Premier League games since insisting on his readiness.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino became agitated when asked about the omission of Alderweireld over his delayed new contract extension talks after seeing out Saturday’s squad to face Arsenal. The Argentine manager carefully manages the return of players following long-term injuries to avoid them suffering a recurrence.
It is understood this is the case for Alderweireld, adopting a similar approach with defender Danny Rose and forward Erik Lamela earlier this season. Summer signing Davinson Sanchez has put in his shift alongside Jan Vertonghen in the absence of Alderweireld, and is expected to feature in the last-16 first-leg tie at the Juventus Stadium.