LONDON – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli looks certain to miss the start of the Premier League season after a hamstring injury ruled him out of his side's penalty shootout defeat by Inter Milan in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday.
Lucas Moura fired Totteham ahead with two minutes on the clock after good work by Erik Lamela but Antonio Conte's Inter levelled before the break when Ivan Perisic released Stefano Sensi to beat Hugo Lloris from close range.
The main talking point was news of Alli's injury which will further deplete Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's resources heading into the start of the campaign.
"I don't think he will be ready for the new season," said Pochettino. It is the same area. Of course we are worried," he said of the 23-year-old's latest hamstring injury after twice being sidelined in similar circumstances last season.
"He has to pay attention to what is going on in his body, but we are here to try to help him.