Premier league news Mourinho admits Alderweireld's injury is 'bad' to leave Spurs light in defence Last spor news
MetiNews.Com - The Belgium international left the field in the 81st minute during the 2-0 Premier League victory over Manchester City
Breaking News ! Tottenham’s brilliant win over Manchester City was tempered by the news that defender Toby Alderweireld sustained a groin injury which leaves Spurs short at centre-back ahead of one of the busiest parts of the season. After marshalling a Tottenham back four which had successfully thwarted City’s fluid and vibrant attack, Alderweireld limped off the field on 81 minutes and was replaced by Joe Rodon. Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho confirmed that his injury was “bad” and highlighted how few options he now has in defence, particularly for the Europa League. With Alderweireld’s absence, Spurs have Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez (who didn’t make the matchday squad against City) and Rodon, who possesses little Premier League experience following his switch from Swansea. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now It gets even thinner for European competition as Rodon, who was signed on October 16 on deadline day wasn’t able to be registered, which brings Japhet Tanganga into the equation, although the 21-year-old has only played in the Carabao Cup this season. Left-back Ben Davies is another option, however it’s not a situation that’s ideal for Mourinho and Spurs as they prepare for nine games in 31 days, across all competitions before the Christmas schedule with Chelsea up next in the Premier League. “It’s bad. It's a muscular injury in the adductor,” Mourinho told football.london. “The dimension of course we don't know, we have to wait, but it's a difficult injury for sure. “In the Premier League we have three centre-backs, in the Europa League we have don't have Joe Rodon, we only have two, but that's the way it is. Read More Related Articles Gary Neville compares Harry Kane to Real Madrid Galactico - and it's not Ronaldo Read More Related Articles Tottenham player ratings: Son Heung-min and Lo Celso score but defence dazzle against Man City “We don't have anybody to blame. He played in the international matches that the team needed to win to qualify for the final four. With us he's playing so well we decided to play him rather than rest him. “There's nobody to blame, just to recover as soon as possible.
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In a shortened season and with the frequency of games greater than previous campaigns, muscle and tendon injuries are an obvious by-product of too much football and not enough rest time in between. Alderweireld played 180 minutes for Belgium against England and Denmark and has featured in six of Tottenham’s nine Premier League matches this season. The 31-year-old took to Twitter last night and wrote: “Fantastic team performance/clean sheet/win today! Disappointed to pick up an injury, fingers crossed it’s not too bad. Thanks for all the messages.”
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