Tottenham coach gives Alderweireld and Vertonghen fitness update

Tottenham coach is positive about the club's centre-backs ahead of Liverpool clash.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has given an update on the fitness of Belgian defenders Toby Aldeweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

Vertonghen was sent home from Belgium's international squad with a stomach virus, while Vertonghen has been out since January with a knee injury.

Pochettino told Spurs TV that Alderweireld is fit to face Liverpool this weekend, and Vertonghen is 'close'.

Vertonghen will likely be subject to late fitness tests, but Spurs are under no pressure to throw him straight back in, especially in such a big game.

Summer signing Kevin Wimmer has surpassed expectations in his absence, ensuring that Vertonghen has barely been missed at all.

He is the one rather than Vertonghen who has more match sharpness, and the sensible decision may be to let Wimmer and Alderweireld continue their partnership.

Spurs are currently second in the Premier League, five points back from surprise leaders Leicester City with eight games left to play each.

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