When Toby Alderweireld took a knock two weeks ago, he probably didn’t expect the incident to have such a drastic impact on his immediate future. However, it looks like his situation has gone from bad to worse, and is likely to affect soccer lines for his club and country.
Toby is hardly the most replaceable of players in the league. If you haven’t heard of him, then you probably haven’t seen Tottenham play because Toby is an integral part of that team; and the fact that he might be sidelined for quite a while should worry Tottenham fans.
The knock itself didn’t look too serious at the time. Toby sustained it during the game against West Brom a fortnight ago, and it soon evolved into a much larger problem. Tottenham drew 1-1 against West Brom that day.
There was no reason to believe that Toby wouldn’t be back in action soon after, especially if he immediately partook in the necessary rehabilitation activities. However, ever since the West Brom game, Toby hasn’t played a game with Tottenham.
And it would be easy to brush that fact aside as some unexplainable anomaly, except that Toby hasn’t even made an appearance in ball training since sustaining his injury. That is the sort of news that fans should panic about because it means that Toby’s injuries are far more serious than expected.
For all intent and purpose, it looks like Toby is set to miss the Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen; and if you didn’t know, that is one of Tottenham’s more important games in the near future.
Tottenham cannot afford to go into the game without Toby, not in their present state, and yet it seems like they will have little choice in the matter. And if that wasn’t enough, the chances of Toby making an appearance for the North London Derby are extremely low, which is another blow for Tottenham fans.
Toby is probably prioritizing recovery from his knee injury at the moment, though the impact of his absence on his team cannot be lost on him. After all, Tottenham has failed to win a game ever since he sustained his injury.
So clearly Tottenham cannot do without him; their German opponents are going to pose an especially difficult challenge on WednesdayNight. And no Tottenham fan has much hope for a positive outcome.
It should also be noted that the former Southampton Center Back is unlikely to recover in time to participate in Belgium’s upcoming international games either; some fans are holding onto hope that November 6th might find Toby fit and ready for the game against Arsenal.
That hope is born from the fact that Tottenham hasn’t officially ruled him out for the game; however, that doesn’t mean much. No one expects Toby to be available for the game.
At the moment Toby can take comfort in the fact that his scans came back revealing no ligament damage; however, he could have damaged a nerve.
Toby is currently one of the EPL’s best defenders and he has proven as much ever since he left Atletico for Spurs in 2015. The absence of star striker Harry Kane (ankle injury) has already debilitated the team’s offense, and stand-in Striker Vincent Janssen is hardly an adequate replacement.
Toby’s absence will be sorely felt.