Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld not sure when he will be back in first-team action
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 03/12/17 1:04pm
Toby Alderweireld says he does not know when he will be able to return to the Tottenham first team.
The Belgium centre-back will have another scan on a hamstring injury later this month that he hopes will give a clearer picture of the length of his absence.
Spurs have suffered over five Premier League matches since he sustained the injury against Real Madrid on November 1, with their only win a narrow 1-0 verdict over struggling Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Alderweireld told Belgian media: "I have a serious muscle tear. There's a big chance of recurrence.
"If the muscle tears off completely, for instance, I would need surgery and it'll take 14 weeks to recover. That's why we try to see how we can treat the muscle.
"I don't have a deadline, because it's dangerous to make it worse. So we have to work hard, but in a controlled way.
"In two weeks there's a scan to see how it goes. I only try to be on the pitch as fast as possible."
Tottenham drew 1-1 at Watford with 10 men on Saturday after centre-back Davinson Sanchez was shown a straight red card.
With the Colombian facing a three-match ban without a successful appeal, Spurs have limited options at centre-half, with only Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and summer signing Juan Foyth fit.
Academy graduate centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is on a season-long loan at Sheffield United and cannot be recalled.