Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is confident midfielder Dele Alli will be fit for the Premier League visit of Watford on Saturday [6 February] despite going off at half time during the win at Norwich City. Alli netted his seventh league goal of the season after just two minutes at Carrow Road, with Harry Kane netting twice either side of the break, but the England international did not emerge for the second half and was replaced by Nacer Chadli.
But by the time Alli was taken off his work was all but done after inspiring Spurs into a two-goal first half lead. Alli reacted first after Declan Rudd parried Christian Eriksen's shot to put the visitors ahead. The ex-Milton Keynes Dons man then played a role in the lead being doubled as he won a penalty following a challenge by Sebastien Bassong.
Kane netted his second late on to confirm the win which sees Tottenham leap into third in the Premier League table, above north London rivals Arsenal after their goalless draw with Southampton. Pochettino's side are five points adrift of leaders Leicester City and the Argentine coach was delighted with the win.
"I am very pleased. The performance was very good and I am happy with the three points, very important for us but we deserved the result," the Tottenham boss told Sky Sports. "It was very important always to score early in the game and to settle our basics and dominate the game.
"I think the first half was fantastic, it is true that maybe we deserve to some more but in football it is always difficult but after 90 minutes I am very pleased and we feel very good because our performance was fantastic.
"It is not important [that we have gone above Arsenal] the most important thing now is to be focus for the next game. I want to see the table on the last game and we'll try to keep our position. We need to still improve and keep working hard because the next three games are very important for us."
Responding to questions regarding Alli's availability for Tottenham's next game against Watford, he added: "He felt unwell, a little bit dizzy but it is ok now. It was a prevention. We hope that he will get better in the week and we'll see Saturday if he can play."