Published: 18 November, 2016
by DAN CARRIER
SPURS face London rivals West Ham on Saturday at White Hart Lane – and could welcome back talismanic defender Toby Alderweireld from a month-long lay-off.
The centre-back has been in training but whether Mauricio Pochettino is willing to risk him or not with the busy Christmas period looming remains to be seen. The Spurs boss could instead persevere with the pairing of Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen.
Harry Kane withdrew from Tuesday night’s England game against Spain as a precaution after just recovering from a six-week ankle injury.
Both Danny Rose and Dier featured in the 2-2 draw with Spain, and the latter was at the heart of some heated controversy after being elbowed by Manchester United’s Ander Herrera. Speaking after the game, Dier said: “I don’t care if someone kicks me or something like that, but I’ve made a pass and it was a long time afterwards. He’s elbowed me in the face and I just can’t see why. For me, it’s just ridiculous.
“He’s saying he didn’t do it. I think it’s clear what he did and I can feel it on my cheek. So I know what he did, and I don’t like that kind of stuff.”
The midfielder added the United star did not need to apologise, adding, “I’ll see him soon” – seemingly referring to Tottenham taking on United in December.
Vincent Janssen is also likely to miss the West Ham game following a sickening clash during the Netherlands friendly with Belgium in which he was knocked out in a collision with Simon Mignolet.