Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has his "fingers crossed" that teammate Toby Alderweireld is not badly injured. The Belgian defender was stretched from the field of play during Spurs' 1-1 draw against West Brom on Saturday (15 October).
The north London club are expecting to be without Alderweireld, 27, for at least two weeks after he injured his knee, according to the Daily Telegraph. But Alli confessed that Tottenham cannot afford to be without the dependable defender for too long.
"There is no denying that he is a fantastic defender and great part of this team. We all have our fingers crossed that the injury isn't too bad," Alli said of his Tottenham teammate, as quoted by the publication.
"The squad has great depth and the defenders are waiting to get their chance as well. Hopefully it is not too bad, but if it is it will give other people a chance to come in and earn their place."
On the other hand, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino delivered a positive injury update on striker Harry Kane after his side's draw at The Hawthorns. The Argentine revealed that the England international is poised to return to first-team training on Monday (17 October), after being sidelined with an ankle problem in recent weeks.
"You know and we know that Harry is a very important player for us. Hopefully as soon as possible we can recover him and the team will get more and more stronger," said Pochettino, whose Tottenham side face Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday (18 October).
"The Champions League game on Tuesday is too soon for him but maybe on Monday he will start to train on the pitch. It is all about the collective and I am happy with the way that the other players played in his position but it's always important to all be fit and have 25 players."