Alderweireld injury blow for Spurs

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Toby Alderweireld will not be back in action for Tottenham Hotspur until after Christmas at the earliest, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed.

The Belgian defender pulled his hamstring in Spurs' triumph over Real Madrid at the start of the month.

The Belgium worldwide will sit out Saturday's north London derby at Arsenal and stands to miss a further 11 matches if he does not return before the end of December. We expect (him to be out) longer than we previously (believed) when the problem happened.

"Maybe after Christmas - that's the expectation. That is the expectation". The injury is in his hamstring. He then missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and was assessed over the global break.

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To match Wenger's longevity, Pochettino knows that Tottenham will need to keep producing players like Harry Kane and Harry Winks and he says he is already blooding the next generation of hopefuls. So of course we can build very good core of English players, each with our identity, coming through our academy, as well as players coming from outside of England and English players come from different clubs.

"I am happy because if they can not play Saturday it is sure they are close to play Tuesday (at Borussia Dortmund) or next weekend (against West Bromwich Albion)". "We need to show massive respect to them", Pochettino said.

The ex Tottenham boss said: "He has done a really fantastic job and, in hindsight, if I'd have known the way he works and the way he likes to develop young players, which is what I like to do, I could have been tempted into staying there to help him out".

"Before in the last 22, 23 years only we finish above Arsenal one time". That does not mean today we are above Arsenal. To stay 20 years in a club and stay always at the top, it's not easy and that is why for me it's a reason to admire him.

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