Alderweireld raring to go again

09 February 2018 20:00:38 GMTPlus11

Toby Alderweireld hopes he will be able to take part in Saturday's north London derby after recovering from a serious hamstring injury.

The Tottenham defender picked up the injury more than three months ago against Real Madrid and admits that his lengthy recovery has been one of the toughest periods of his career.

The Belgium international played in Wednesday's 2-0 victory against Newport County in an FA Cup fourth-round replay and is in contention to feature in the crunch clash against Arsenal.

Spurs, 1.28 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, are available at 1.95 beat the Gunners and 3.50 to keep a clean sheet against Arsene Wenger's side.

Alderweireld admitted: "It's difficult. It was a proper hamstring injury and the risk of re-tearing it was very big. That is why we took our time and worked very hard so my muscles are ready to play a lot of games again.

"It was a difficult period for me - although in a football career, three months is not that long. I'm 28 and I'm lucky I've never had a serious knee injury or anything, which would be a lot worse. Three months is difficult but we worked very hard to get to this point."

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether to use Alderweireld against Arsenal or save him for the Champions League tie against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday, a game the Premier League outfit are 3.90 to win.

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