Toby Alderweireld won’t travel to Juventus with the Tottenham squad, according to multiple reports.
The Belgian returned from a long injury lay-off and played 90 minutes against Newport County in the FA Cup last week.
He was left out of the squad altogether against Arsenal before the Telegraph broke the news that he won’t be involved against Juventus either.
Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be keen for Alderweireld to work on his fitness before he can feature in important games.
The Telegraph‘s report suggests this could have an effect on the defender’s contract talks, but that seems very speculative to me.
Danny Rose and Erik Lamela both took time to return to “match fitness” despite returning to full training after recent injuries.
Alderweireld is probably in the same boat, although it is surprising he played the full Newport match.
Perhaps fitness tests after the game revealed the 28-year-old is still not ready to play in high-intensity games.