Tottenham Hotspur has weathered an injury crisis to stay in the thick of the Premier League title race, and is getting some of its men back in the fold.
Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele have been boosted by the international break, Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday.
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Dele Alli, Danny Rose, and Jan Vertonghen are going to require a bit more healing, though, via the BBC:
“Still maybe 10 days more for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week more. Jan Vertonghen is a little bit longer. But the most important thing is that we start to recover players. It will be a tough month of competition for us.”
Spurs are two points back of the trio leading the Premier League ahead of a tricky month for all contenders.
Tottenham visits improving West Ham United on Saturday before heading to PSV Eindhoven and hosting Manchester City. A League Cup date with West Ham follows before a visit to Wolves and a return date with PSV. Then Palace, and another international break.
Get well soon, right?
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is in danger of missing a pair of significant matches – or more – thanks to a flare-up of his hamstring injury.
The 22-year-old missed the 2-1 loss to Liverpool with a hamstring injury he suffered on international duty in a match against Spain, forcing him to pull out of the England squad and miss the subsequent Premier League match plus a Champions League meeting with Inter. He returned to action with a short substitute appearance against Brighton last weekend followed by a full 90 minutes against Watford in the Carabao Cup this week, the latter of which saw him sport the captain’s armband.
According to The Mirror, Alli saw his hamstring injury return in training on Thursday or Friday, and he will miss this weekend’s match Huddersfield. The report, corroborated by The Telegraph, also states he is doubtful for the midweek Champions League game against Barcelona, and further reports suggest he could miss even more time. Sam Cunningham of iNews reports that Alli will miss an entire month, which would see him miss notable Premier League matches against Manchester City, West Ham, and Wolves plus a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.
Also of note, Gareth Southgate is scheduled to announce his England squad for the October international break on Thursday, the day after the Champions League match against Barcelona. If the four-week timeline is to be assumed, Alli would be undoubtedly ruled out for selection.
Alli played a significant role for Spurs last season, racking up 36 Premier League appearances and nearly 3,000 league minutes. The London club could desperately use his services, with Spurs struggling on the pitch, sporting losses to Watford, Liverpool, and Inter over the last month plus the win over Watford in the League Cup requiring penalties.
Tottenham Hotspur will be without two of their star players for their massive clash against Liverpool at Wembley this Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Captain and star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be missing for “several weeks” with a thigh injury, while Dele Alli‘s hamstring issue hasn’t cleared up after he was injured while playing for England against Spain during the international break.
Ahead of the battle with title rivals Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino spoke about being without two of his key players.
“He [Dele Alli] suffered a small injury after 20 minutes of the game against Spain at Wembley. I am disappointed because we are maybe going to miss him for this game and maybe the Champions League game against Inter Milan,” Pochettino said.
He also confirmed Lloris “will have another scan” on his thigh problem, and they “hope everything is going well” and he will be available after the UCL game against Inter Milan on Sept. 18. Pochettino also confirmed that Lloris would remain Spurs captain after his driving ban and hefty fine for a DUI last month.
Spurs face Liverpool this weekend, Inter Milan in the UCL, Brighton in the PL and then Watford in the League Cup in their next four games.
Michel Vorm will likely deputize for Lloris, while Dele Alli’s absence could mean the likes of Harry Winks and Erik Lamela will be thrown into the starting lineup. Heung-Min Son is another option, but the forward may only be available off the bench this weekend after spending an extended period of time away on international duty playing in the Asian Cup and friendly games for South Korea.
An injury for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli cost him England’s friendly with Switzerland, but are not expected to keep him from Saturday’s high profile Premier League clash against Liverpool.
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England had already called up Demarai Gray (and Ben Chilwell) for the game at Leicester City, so Dele wasn’t really needed for the friendly. Yet there was still concern from Spurs supporters regarding their star 22-year-old.
Gareth Southgate said that Dele suffered a muscle strain against Spain at the weekend, but should be fine for Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. ET contest at Wembley Stadium.
“Alli has just had a minor strain and should be fine for his club at the weekend I would think, but Tuesday’s game will come too quickly,” Southgate said in his pre-match press conference.
Dele has one goal in four matches for Spurs this season, scoring in the PL season opener against Newcastle United. He’ll be a key part of unhinging Liverpool’s deep midfield on Saturday.
Dele Alli will not feature for England against Switzerland on Tuesday, as the attacking midfielder has returned to Tottenham Hotspur.
Alli, 22, has suffered a “minor muscle strain” and will now travel back to Spurs for further assessment. With Tottenham hosting Premier League title rivals Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), this injury is far from ideal for Mauricio Pochettino.
England confirmed the news on Monday.
After an up and down World Cup over the summer, Alli again struggled for England in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday.
The creative midfielder has been asked to play a slightly deeper role by Gareth Southgate and it is something he is still getting used to.
His influence for Spurs early in the season has been positive with a goal against Newcastle on the opening day and some promising displays in support of Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
Alli is a key cog in Pochettino’s Tottenham machine and they will be doing everything they can to get him out on the pitch against Liverpool on Saturday.