‘It’s bad’ – Jose Mourinho expects Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld to face lengthy absence following injury in Man City win

Jose Mourinho is expecting to be without Toby Alderweireld for some time as the centre-back pick up an injury in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Man City.
The Belgium international was forced off with nine minutes left due to an apparent adductor injury in the victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Toby Alderweireld faces a lengthy spell on the sidelinesAFP or licensors
His absence will be felt with games against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester during the next month for Spurs.
“It’s bad, it’s bad. It’s a muscular injury,” Mourinho said. “The dimension of course we don’t know, we have to wait, but it’s a difficult injury for sure.
“In the Premier League we have three centre-backs, in the Europa League we don’t have Joe Rodon, we only have two, but that’s the way it is.
“We don’t have anybody to blame. He played in the international matches that the team needed to win to qualify for the final four (of the Nations League). With us he’s playing so well we decided to play him rather than rest him.
“There’s nobody to blame, just to recover as soon as possible.”
Heung-min Son opened the scoring for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester CityAFP or licensors
October signing Rodon made his first appearance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he was introduced in place of Alderweireld and could now be in line for his full debut at Chelsea next Sunday.
The young Welsh centre-back signed for Spurs after they had registered their squad for the Europa League, which means Davinson Sanchez is set to come in for their Group J fixture at home to Ludogorets on Thursday.
Another alternative for Mourinho going forward is academy graduate Japhet Tanganga, who is building up his fitness after a stop-start campaign, while left-back Ben Davies has regularly played more centrally for Wales.


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