Pochettino: Alli ‘much better’ after falling ill at Norwich

Date published: Wednesday 3rd February 2016 10:24

Dele Alli: Midfielder taken off at half-time at Norwich

Dele Alli: Midfielder taken off at half-time at Norwich

Mauricio Pochettino eased concerns regarding Dele Alli after the midfielder fell ill during Tottenham’s win at Norwich.

England international Alli was taken off during half-time in Spurs’ 3-0 victory at Norwich after complaining of feeling dizzy.

Alli scored his seventh goal of an impressive Premier League campaign with just 96 seconds gone before winning a penalty – which Harry Kane duly converted – on the half-hour mark.

But the 20-year-old was replaced by Nacer Chadli at the interval after falling ill moments before the second half.

“At half-time he felt unwell and was a little bit dizzy so we took the decision on the advice of the doctor to make the change,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

“It was in the last few minutes before we left the changing room so we quickly needed to make a change, but now he is okay.

“We will need to assess him tomorrow, but I cannot guess for the future – only that it is important that he is much better.”

Alli followed up his wonder goal at Crystal Palace by scoring inside two minutes at Carrow Road when he pounced on Christian Eriksen’s effort which had been well-saved by Declan Rudd. Kane then scored from the penalty spot before he added a third in stoppage time. It put the gloss on a fine victory for Tottenham – who now move above rivals Arsenal on goal difference – into third.

“It was fantastic from the beginning,” added Pochetinno, whose side – unbeaten away from home since the opening day of the season – remain five points adrift of leaders Leicester.

“Our plan was to try to make it difficult for Norwich. It always helps when you score an early goal and the team showed a lot of maturity and consistency. I felt very proud.”

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