Toby Alderweireld believes a fixture pileup is to blame for Tottenhma’s growing injury list, with the Londoners having six players currently sidelined in November. Mauricio Pochettino is once again forced into making changes to his squad ahead of Gameweek 12 in the Premier League and Alderweireld has blamed their injury woes on the demanding schedule.
The Belgian international told Sporza (h/t 7sur7): “The injuries say a lot about the intensity of our season. We play a game every three days. That’s a lot. And with the Nations League, we have an extra tournament with official games that are added to our calendar. Maybe there needs to be some reflection about it because for players in the Premier League, it’s already a very busy period”.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, Spurs have six players out of action, some of whom won’t return until 2019. Mousa Dembele was recently ruled out for the rest of the year with an ankle ligament injury while Victor Wanyama (knee) and Eric Dier (thigh) are both doubtful for Saturday’s game with the Eagles.
Danny Rose has a groin strain and is ruled out until late November, Jan Vertonghen isn’t expected to return from a hamstring injury until mid-December and Vincent Janssen is struggling with a foot problem. Many of Tottenham’s players have the Champions League, Premier League, EFL Cup and Nations League to manage this season, meaning they aren’t getting much break time to recover between games.
Harry Kane, for example, has played in all 11 of Tottenham’s Premier League outings and all four of their Champions League games. He’s also played in all four of England’s games this season, amassing 299 minutes of game time from a possible 360.