Date: 9th February 2018 at 8:32am
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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has declared himself ready to face Arsenal after returning from the longest lay-off of his career.

Alderweireld was out for seven weeks last season with a separate knee problem and during both absences, Tottenham missed their main centre-back.

“This has been the longest ever [lay-off], it was a little bit unfortunate there was a tear in the tendon, not only the muscle, and it just takes time,” Alderweireld said.

Alderweireld’s return is timely given that after Arsenal, Tottenham then face a trip to Juventus in the Champions League next week before the return leg at Wembley early next month.

“That’s a goal in your head, to come back as quickly as possible and be strong again,” Alderweireld said.

“Of course you have those kind of games that you want to be involved in. It is up to the manager now to decide who he needs but you have to have a personal goal to try to come back as quick as possible.”

Starting Alderweireld against Arsenal would not be without risk, particularly given Arsene Wenger’s side now have the razor-sharp Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their ranks.

Alderweireld has already faced Aubameyang when Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in September, and while the striker drew a blank that day, he scored in both of Dortmund’s Europa League wins over Spurs in 2016, games the Belgium international also played in.

“He’s very quick, he’s a good finisher, he has it all,” Alderweireld said. “He is in a good moment now as well so it’s going to be very difficult to beat him but I think we will be ready for it.”

PA Sport
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • gloster1861 February 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Because of Dele and his obvious diving, he is now approaching the stage where he’ll need to be on the receiving end of both barrels of a shotgun to get awarded a penalty. Stupid boy Pike.

  • gloster1861 February 9, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Shock horror. Looks like the Pochmeister has a full squad to choose from for the first time this season.

    Let joy be unconfined, ring the bells.

    No excuses, blast the gunners back to the Emptycrates.

    (Note to Sexy Beast: Emptycrates gets autocorrected to democrats… Just sayin’. 😮😕)

    • Sexy Beast February 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Democrats should be auto corrected to Marxists or communists 👍
      Jail time is coming…..

      • gloster1861 February 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        Better hurry. Hillary will be too old to serve time soon!

        • Sexy Beast February 9, 2018 at 1:05 pm

          That rotten old bone shaker will die in prison 👍

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Arsène Wenger gilds gateposts but the Arsenal roof is still leaking

  • Rich G🙄 February 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Every time the goons buy someone theres so much hype,and they’re usually a load of shit. 3-1 to us if the ref gives them a pen.

  • Sexy Beast February 9, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I hate these early kick off times, getting picked up at 7 am tomorrow!! 🤬

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

      It takes 5.5 hours to get to Wembley???? I know its the parade

      • Sexy Beast February 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

        Sutton train line is down, pick up and train from Kingswood.
        Breakfast at Victoria station washed down with 🍺 then off to Farringdon for pre match 🍺🍺 🍺
        Then Wembley for a rousing Spurs win! Then celebrate after somewhere south of the river with some more 🍺🍺 home to watch MOTD with one hand over one eye, wake up Sunday with a sore head but big grin on my face 😁

    • T February 9, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Old Bill or a punter?

    • T February 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

      I can’t make it tomorrow, Beasty Boy. Had to give up my ticket. Cas represetin’.

  • IrishSpur February 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Toby is like Ledley – even if he is not 100% fit we need him on the pitch – Sanchez or Dier would give me the wobblys against Abuyeyang

  • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 10:59 am

    This game is all about emotion anyway. We have spent the last year telling them they are done and they have told us we are not good enough…wait thats a mistake we have told us we are not good enough and they have told them they are done

  • spurslover February 9, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Get Isco , and Bale and we will win Premier league And Champions League,
    And we will generate money from New white Harte lane, selling shirts to be able to finance this, and Spurs will be the best team In the country and Europe, coys

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 10:54 am

      How much can shirts cover the cost? 4 letters in each name….

      • gloster1861 February 9, 2018 at 11:04 am

        That’s why Arsenal bought Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang. To compensate for selling Oxlade-Chamberlain.

        • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 11:08 am

          The fuckers cant even spell!

          • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 11:47 am

            All the best Still

  • gloster1861 February 9, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Were Borussia Dortmund forced to sell Aboomerang? What was the story behind the move?

    • Still Nil Nil February 9, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Player power by the look of it

      • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

        All the best Still

  • Panama Paul February 9, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Tobe or not Tobe, That is the question

  • MiT February 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Does anyone there may be a chance to see 3 backs with Trippier and Davies turned loose farther up the pitch ?

    Or does Toby need more time ?

    • çaveman February 9, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Would work for an hour!

    • ronwol196061🇨🇦 February 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

      They would be wing backs anyway and this would make sense. To have cover for both Toby and Sanchez

  • Aussie in Switzerland February 9, 2018 at 8:37 am

    So Arsenal have signed the former Indonesian President