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Toby Alderweireld will not play a part in Tottenham’s upcoming Champions League match with Juventus, as manager Mauricio Pochettino opted not to name the Belgian centre-back to the squad making the trip to Turin, reports David Hytner of the Guardian.
Alderweireld had been sidelined for the better part of three months with a hamstring injury, but returned to action and featured for the full 90 minutes of an FA Cup replay match against Newport County last Wednesday.
However, Pochettino has opted to exclude him from the team for Tuesday’s tilt, a decision Hynter reports was made so that Alderweireld can continue working to regain full fitness. Alderweireld wasn’t named to the team for Tottenham’s latest match, a 1-0 win over Arsenal, either.
Following the Newport match, Alderweireld had ruled himself fit and ready to take on Juventus, telling reporters that he and the medical staff at Tottenham had “worked very hard” so that his “muscles are ready for this type of game and to play a lot of games again.”
As a result, Hynter believes the decision may raise questions regarding the 28-year-old’s future at the club, as he and Tottenham have engaged in contract talks for more than a year, without reaching an agreement.
Pochettino had previously extended the recovery periods for both Erik Lamela and Danny Rose when they returned from lengthy injury spells, integrating the two back into the regular rotation well past their initial return dates. In their absences, both Ben Davies and Heung-Min Son emerged as starting options.