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.
“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.”
Boost for Tottenham
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.