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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Lloris and Alderweireld not available for Palace clash

Toby Alderweireld. Pic: Reuters
Toby Alderweireld. Pic: Reuters

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris and defender Toby Alderweireld  Mauricio Pochettino said the club set to learn whether either have a chance of being fit for the north London derby against Arsenal later this month. 

Alderweireld suffered a hamstring strain and Lloris a groin injury during Spurs' 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday and they now face a race against time to line up against the Gunners on November 18.  "They are now going to do a scan and we'll have a better idea,"

Pochettino said. "We can guess but we must wait for information after scan and assessment from the doctor." Eric Dier is likely to drop into the back three against Palace while Michel Vorm will replace Lloris in goal as Tottenham look to maintain momentum following their sensational win over Madrid. 

Despite their success in the Champions League, however, Spurs still trail Manchester City by eight points in the Premier League and Pochettino insists there is no room for complacency tomorrow. He said: "The game against United was very painful - to lose the way we lost. Now, after that victory against Real Madrid, it's to be focused on the game against Crystal Palace. It has the same value as the Real Madrid game."

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