With Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli not taking his spot in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI for our final friendly of the summer against Inter Milan the other day, plenty of Spurs fans wondered whether there was a problem and it led to quite a few comments in our pre-season thread about whether Alli’s performances anyway, should see him dropped for a spell with Lucas Moura benefiting.
It seems the 26-year-old Brazilian may well have a great chance now that Poch has confirmed Alli has picked up yet another hamstring problem.
Quoted by Sky Sports following the 4-3 penalty defeat on Sunday, our gaffer explained that he was set for minor surgery now, and would miss the opening few weeks of the coming Premier League campaign having picked up the hamstring problem in the same area as last season’s issues.
“I don’t know if the club communicate the time but I don’t believe he is going to be ready for the start of the season. It’s the same area of his hamstring. Yes of course we are worried he is still so young. Just 23-years-old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years. It’s to pay attention to what is going on in his body but we are trying to help him. Think a minor injury, only a few weeks until he can be available again and be with the group.”
That definitely rules him out of this weekend’s clash with newly promoted Aston Villa and we’ll just have to see how many weeks it takes. Moura’s performance on Sunday will have done his chances no harm at all really.