Mauricio Pochettino confident Tottenham can cope after Toby Alderweireld injury setback

Mauricio Pochettino confident Tottenham can cope after Toby Alderweireld injury setback

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is "confident" of securing the future services of defender Toby Alderweireld, as the impasse continues over the Belgian international's future in North London with the defender now ruled out until February.

Alderweireld, 28, sustained the injury against Real Madrid on November 1 and the Belgian is expected to miss another eight weeks of competitive action."We can not change the reality".

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's match against Brighton, Pochettino said: "We can not change the reality, the reality is that he is injured and can not play until February.

You are always going to miss players". But for me football is about the team, it is not about individual players.

However, the Spurs boss said he would discuss recalling teenage centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers from his loan at Sheffield United for reasons unrelated to Alderweireld's absence.

"With him or without him we win and lose".

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"Of course, the manager wants everyone fit to play, all the players".

Brighton are without a win in five games ahead of their trip to Wembley. "The reality is he is injured and can not play until February", said Pochettino.

This comes as Ecuadorian defender Davinson Sanchez is serving a three-match ban and fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen lies one yellow card away from a one-match ban. Of course, always in recent years they have been involved in semi-finals or finals.

Of Alderweireld's contract, Pochettino added: "Of course it is his decision, it's our decision, he still has two years on his contract, and we are looking forward to him playing and to him staying here".

"But I think we have different players that can play there, and I think I am happy with the squad".

However, it looks like Tottenham have received some bad news as Dan Kilpatrick has taken to Twitter today to offer an update on Alderweireld's situation after he underwent his latest scan.

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