Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Toby Alderweireld has been ruled out for Tottenham’s game against Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday.
Mourinho had initially been concerned that the defender’s injury was a “bad” and “difficult” one. However, the Belgium international’s adductor injury suffered against Manchester City on Saturday is not as bad as first feared.
Even so, it will leave Tottenham short of options at centre-back for the game against the Bulgarian outfit. Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier are the only other options registered in their Europa League squad.
Manager Mourinho said: “He has a muscular injury but not as big as we initially thought.
“He will have time to be out, but not like a month which was immediately what we thought. I would say between two and four weeks.
“It’s bad news, he was playing his best football. He’s an important player that we’ll miss.”
Mourinho refutes Ludogorets coronavirus news
There had been doubts over the match taking place with reports in Bulgaria suggesting some Ludogorets players had tested positive for coronavirus.
But Mourinho said: “According to my information, that’s not true. The problems they had were immediately after the game we played there (3-1 win on November 5). They have had one more game after that, which they won, then the international break.
“Of the team that comes (on Thursday), I believe only two players who played against us are not playing. Apart from that, the other nine are in the list and ready to play.
“I don’t understand the news, there is a big contradiction between the news and the information we have.”