Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld comments on his injury spell

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

Toby Alderweireld is in contention to start for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal in the North London derby on Saturday.

Newport County's Irish striker Padraig Amond (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld during the English FA Cup fourth round replay football match between...

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has admitted to Ham&High that it was tough for him to be out on the sidelines.

The Belgium international defender has only just recovered from a hamstring injury that he suffered against Spanish and European giants Real Madrid in the Champions League on November 1.

The 28-year-old has admitted that he has a tough time during the period he was out, as he gets ready to line up for Tottenham against Arsenal in the North London derby at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur is injured during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London,...

“It was a difficult period mentally but if you have a goal in your head, that’s what you work towards every day,” Alderweireld told Ham&High.

“The goal was just to be back as quickly as possible, but of course you have these kinds of games that you want to be involved in.”

“It was a difficult period for me,” added the Belgian. “On the other hand, it was three months - in a football career it’s not that long.”

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old...

Boost for Tottenham

Alderweireld is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and his return to action will boost Spurs’ chances of winning against Arsenal this weekend.

Spurs are strong defensively even without the Belgian, and if the former Atletico Madrid star starts against Arsenal, then it will be hard for the Gunners to score.

With Spurs still in the Champions League and aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, Alderweireld will be a key player for the North London outfit in the final months of the 2017-18 campaign.

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