Tottenham Hotspur will be without Toby Alderweireld until the start of February but have no plans to sign defensive cover, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.
However, the Spurs boss said he would discuss recalling teenage centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers from his loan at Sheffield United for reasons unrelated to Alderweireld’s absence.
Alderweireld, 29, has not played since limping off with a hamstring injury in the Champions League win over Real Madrid on Nov. 1, and Pochettino initially forecast a return “after Christmas.”
But after the Belgium international had another scan this week, Pochettino told a news conference: “He cannot play until February.
“With him or without him, we win and we lose. The manager always wants all the players fit to play, like [Victor] Wanyama and like Erik Lamela and Danny Rose before.
“You always miss the unfit players — that’s normal. But football is a collective sport, about the team, not about individuals.
“Of course some players have more influence on the team but we have squad enough, players who can win or lose. It’s about collective, not one or another player.”
Although Spurs are stretched at centre-back and in holding midfield, Pochettino said he had no plans to enter the January transfer market.