Tottenham Hotspurs have left defender Toby Alderweireld at home as they travel to Turin to face Italian Champions and last season’s Champions league runners up Juventus in their first leg of the knock out stages.
Alderweireld has only recently returned to action after injuring his hamstring in their famous 3-1 defeat of Real Madrid in the group stages, and although he recently returned to first team action in Tottenham’s FA Cup replay win over Newport, but he was left out of the side that beat Arsenal 1-0 at the weekend as Manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to ease him back into the fold!
“He had a massive injury and from day one we designed a plan to provide him with the best tools to recover as soon as possible and to be stronger than before,” said manager Mauricio Pochettino.
This means he will miss the game along with fellow defenders Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters!
Spurs, qualified for the knockout stages by heading the group that contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, but will need to be at their best against a side that is currently 2nd in the Serie A and only finished runner up in their champions league group to la Liga’s runaway leaders and one of this year favourites to win the champions league Barcelona.
Despite having won their last 10 fixtures, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will be without 1st choice sticker Paulo Dybala, who is side lined with a hamstring issue and is joined by at least another three 1st team regulars in Andrea Barzagli, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado.