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Pochettino kicks Toby talk to touch


Rumour: Alderweireld. Photo: PA Wire

Rumour: Alderweireld. Photo: PA Wire

Rumour: Alderweireld. Photo: PA Wire

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to be drawn into discussing the future of defender Toby Alderweireld but said the defender is likely to miss tomorrow's game at Crystal Palace through injury.

The 28-year-old has played only twice since the the turn of the year due to a hamstring problem he sustained in the victory over Real Madrid on November 1.

Pochettino revealed Alderweireld felt discomfort in the same area during training on Thursday and could now be left out of the Premier League trip to Selhurst Park. "I think it was only Toby (on Thursday) who could not finish the training session," the Argentinian said.

"He suffered a small incident in the same leg (as the hamstring injury), but we are going to assess him (on Friday and Saturday). We will see if he is available for training and if possible be selected for the weekend. We hope it is not a big issue."

Reports yesterday suggested Spurs were ready to cash in on Alderweireld this summer.

The north London club have the option to extend the former Atletico Madrid defender's contract by a year, taking it to 2020, but if they do so it would trigger a clause allowing him to leave for a set fee in 2019. To avoid that, Spurs could instead look to sell, but Pochettino insists he has nothing to do with such matters.

"I am not involved in negotiation," he said. "I never talk about rumours, what the media say or what happens around the club. It is not my job and I cannot say nothing about that."