Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Toby Alderweireld’s muscle problem isn’t as bad as first feared.
The Belgium hobbled out of Saturday’s win over Manchester City, and the Spurs boss admitted after the game that the defender’s injury was “long-term”.
However, when speaking in his pre-match press conference for Thursday’s Europa League game against Ludogorets, which Alderweireld will definitely miss, Mourinho revealed that the centre-back could return within the next month.
Quotes via Football.London: “Toby has a muscular injury but not as big as we initially thought. He will have his time to be out but not like a month, which was immediately what we thought. I’d say between two and four weeks.”
It means that Alderweireld will certainly miss tomorrow’s Europa League and then Sunday’s trip to Chelsea, then possibly even Spurs’ two remaining group stage games and Premier League games against Arsenal and Crystal Palace in early December.
With Mourinho also admitting that he sees Japhet Tanganga as a full-back, it opens the door for a full Premier League debut for Joe Rodon at Stamford Bridge this weekend, or even a recall for Davinson Sanchez, who hasn’t been involved in the league since October.
Asked Mourinho why he hasn't been mentioning Japhet Tanganga when talking about his available centre-backs. He said he sees him as a full-back now. https://t.co/AOox1wog9I
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