Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Toby Alderweireld is set to miss up to four weeks of action with a groin injury. The Belgian turned in a superb performance to keep Manchester City at bay last Saturday but limped off during the 2-0 win.
Now Mourinho has confirmed that the defender is set for a spell on the sidelines, meaning he will therefore miss crucial London derbies with Chelsea and Arsenal.
“He has a muscular injury but not as bad as we initially thought,” Mourinho said ahead of the Europa League clash with Ludogorets.
“He will be out, but not for a month like we suspected. I would say 2 to 4 weeks.”
Alderweireld has had to be patient for opportunities this season at the heart of defence.
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Mourinho has paid tribute to Rodon’s routes in the Championship, claiming he’ll be ready to step up when called upon.
“To play regularly in the Championship I think it gives a player of quality a certain level of intensity and experience to allow players to be good players,” Mourinho said on Rodon.
“We have Davinson for tomorrow night and then Davinson and Joe for Sunday.”
In addition to Chelsea and Arsenal, Alderweireld could also miss games again LASK, Antwerp, Crystal Palace and Liverpool should he need up to a month to recover.
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Meanwhile, fellow defender Dier is under no illusions that losing Alderweireld was a bitter pill to swallow for Spurs.
“A huge blow. It would be a huge blow for us. We’ve been defending really well,” he said.
“Three clean sheets in our last four [Premier League matches] and Toby’s been a big part of that. I thought today again he made some fantastic interceptions, tackles, blocks when he needed to.
“So obviously any player in this squad getting injured is a big loss for us and Toby’s no different.”