Pochettino unsure whether injured Alli will need rest

Date published: Monday 7th March 2016 8:53

Dele Alli: Tottenham midfielder battling injuries

Dele Alli: Tottenham midfielder battling injuries

Mauricio Pochettino is unsure whether Tottenham will need to rest Dele Alli as he continues to battle ankle and knee problems.

Alli had a relatively quiet game on his return from injury in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, but Pochettino does not believe the midfielder was short of fitness.

“I don’t know about him lacking energy, the second goal today he looked fresh. Maybe we expect from him to run more than 14 kilometres in every game,” Pochettino said.

“I think today he was one of the best players. He showed energy and character. He is an incredible athlete, yes. But he is not a machine.

“He has a problem in his ankle and knee, he was good before the game but the players are not a machine.”

Asked if he would consider resting Alli, Pochettino said: “It depends. We assess the players every day and we take the best decision from the team.

“We try to look after all of them. We played a lot of games and we come from a difficult season because we’ve played a lot and I think that we have good staff, good sports science and medical who can look after the players in a good way.

“We have a lot of players who are young and in their first or second season in the Premier League. It’s very tough and we spend a lot of time analysing and to find information to give the best training sessions or recovery or to find the best way to help them.”

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