North London Derby – Alderweireld raring to go again
The much anticipated North London Derby takes place this weekend at Wembley. This fixture is always a fiery affair and the outcome is too close to predict.
Toby Alderweireld hopes he will be able to take part in Saturday’s north London derby after recovering from a serious hamstring injury.
The Spurs defender picked up the injury more than three months ago against Real Madrid and admits that his lengthy recovery has been one of the toughest periods of his career.
Alderweireld played in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory against Newport County in an FA Cup fourth-round replay and is in contention to feature in the crunch clash against big rivals Arsenal.
Spurs are 4/7 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and are currently available at Evs beat the Gooners and 5/2 to keep a clean sheet against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Alderweireld admitted: “It’s difficult. It was a proper hamstring injury and the risk of re-tearing it was very big. That is why we took our time and worked very hard so my muscles are ready to play a lot of games again.
“It was a difficult period for me – although in a football career, three months is not that long. I’m 28 and I’m lucky I’ve never had a serious knee injury or anything, which would be a lot worse. Three months is difficult but we worked very hard to get to this point.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to use Alderweireld against Arsenal or save him for the Champions League tie against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday, a game the Premier League outfit are 3/1 to win.
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