'Lost in translation' - Pochettino pours cold water on Tottenham ace's comments

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on  during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 5, 2017 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld is currently out injured.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during a Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 5, 2017 in Enfield, England.Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sat down for his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's game against APOEL int the Champions League tonight, and provided an update on the currently injured Toby Alderweireld, as quoted by popular football website Football.London.

Tottenham are in the midst of a real sticky patch at the moment, having taken just two points from their last four Premier League games, and it is no coincidence that the Belgian has been unavailable for selection during that period.

The 28-year-old has been absent since injuring his hamstring against Real Madrid on November 1st, and Spurs fans will be desperate for him to be back involved with the first-team sooner rather than later.

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Alderweireld was quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying that he could be out for a further 14 weeks - something that Pochettino fiercely refuted.

The Argentine told reporters how the Belgian's words could have been lost in translation, as quoted by Football.London:

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 5, 2017 in Enfield, England.Mauricio Pochettino

"He is going to take a scan next week and we are going to see next week what happens. When he was injured I think our medical staff… 14 weeks more? We saw this morning he is working. 14 weeks? It is not true. I think it is misinterpreted or something. What I am sure is it will not take 14 weeks more. After that I am not sure what people say."

Tottenham have already finished top of their Champions League group, due to their superior head-to-head record over Real Madrid, but Pochettino will still be desperate for his players to chalk up a victory, with confidence levels reaching dangerously low levels amongst the Spurs payers.

And after that, the 45-year-old will be hoping that Alderweireld returns to actions as soon as possible.

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