Spurs boss sends message to Townsend, delivers Bentaleb update

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Argentine has been discussing the Tottenham duo.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has sent a message to Andros Townsend explaining that the past is the past and that the head coach is happy to move on from the winger's row with the club's fitness coach, according to Sky Sports.

And Pochettino also discussed the fitness of injured midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.

Neither player was a starter before Townsend's row with his coach and Bentaleb's injury but having the pair back will no doubt be a boost for the north London side.

Pochettino told reporters: "For me, forget the past, if he deserves to be in the squad, it is not a problem. We need to forget that and we need to give him the possibility to be part of the team."

Meanwhile, on Bentaleb, the Tottenham head coach said: "We agreed with him that to go to the national team was a good opportunity to start to compete again. This is one step back but I am sure that in the next few days he will be available to be selected again. For Qarabag (next Thursday) or for Chelsea (next Sunday). It's not a big issue.

"It was the same ankle, it was a very bad tackle. We are lucky and he is lucky it was not a big issue."

Having both back in the fold will certainly boost the Spurs team in terms of depth and numbers.

Neither are likely to trouble Tottenham's current starters but every extra name that pushes for a starting berth will provide Pochettino with options, while also encouraging those in the first team to perform even better.

It's an admirable stance from the Tottenham boss to forgive Townsend, while Bentaleb's return will give further cover to Ryan Mason, Dele Alli and Eric Dier. Spurs host West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

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