Mauricio Pochettino says Toby Alderweireld hasn’t travelled to Juventus with the rest of the Tottenham squad because doing so would have “risked his career.”
Alderweireld returned from a long injury lay-off against Newport County in the FA last week, but he was left out of the squad against Arsenal and will play no part in Turin.
“He need to build his fitness, he needs to work hard,” said Pochettino. “To play this type of game, you need to be 200%. We are caring for him.” (Quotes via ESPN‘s Dan Kilpatrick.)
#thfc Poch says him and Jesus had a 2hr conversation with Toby after Liverpool to explain to him he wasn’t fit enough.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) February 12, 2018
“We are sorry for him because when you miss games like Arsenal or CL, you work a lot to play this type of game. We’re frustrated too. When you’re not playing it’s difficult to accept.”
Alderweireld will get the chance to build his match fitness when Spurs play Rochdale in the FA Cup this weekend.
Hopefully he will be back in contention for more high-intensity games sooner rather than later.