Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli faces a late fitness test before the Premier League visit of Watford, after being substituted at half-time against Norwich City complaining of dizziness. Alli lasted just 45 minutes at Carrow Road but since he and manager Mauricio Pochettino have attempted to calm fears over the severity of the blow.
Alli was replaced by Nacer Chadli for the second-half, but his contribution early in the game set Spurs on their way to a comfortable win. The 19-year-old volleyed home the opener after Declan Rudd parried Christian Eriksen's shot, before winning the penalty from which Harry Kane scored the first of his two goals.
The ex-MK Dons player took his season tally to seven in the Premier League with his strike in the second minute and following an impressive first season in England's top flight there is naturally significant concern over his well-being. Pochettino says Tottenham's medical staff will assess the player in the next 24 hours, but expected Alli to be available this weekend.
"Today was good in the training session," the Tottenham boss said, according to The Mirror. "We need to assess tomorrow in the last training session. But all the signals are good. I am not a doctor but we need to do some tests next week.
"We have a very good medical staff and we are not worried. We need to assess him and know why – but we are sure it is not a big issue. It's only to have some control. He will be available for Saturday."
Victory over Norwich, coupled with Arsenal's goalless draw with Southampton, saw Tottenham leapfrog their North London rivals into third in the table. But Pochettino is not motivated by finishing above Arsene Wenger's side and wants the focus to remain on his team.
"[Finishing above Arsenal is] not my principal motivation." he added. "I can feel now it is very important for our supporters and all people that love Tottenham to be above them because the reality is that they are our sworn enemy and you can feel that.
"But for me, it is important to meet our goals and not think too much about our opponents. We are the most important people and we need to keep on our own way. It is not important what Arsenal do, or Manchester City or Leicester do."