Toby Alderweireld (L) of Tottenham Hotspur vies for the ball against Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund. Photo Credit: Will Oliver/BackpagePix

LONDON - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Tuesday that Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld's hamstring problem will keep him out of action until February.

Alderweireld, 28, sustained the injury against Real Madrid on November 1 and the Belgian is expected to miss another eight weeks of competitive action.

“We cannot change the reality. The reality is that he is injured and cannot play until February,” Pochettino said ahead of sixth-placed Spurs' clash with Brighton on Wednesday. 

“You miss the players who are not fit but football is a collective sport about the team not individuals.

“Some players have more influence on the team. But we have squad enough and players who can play.”

Alderweireld's layoff means the defender is likely to sit out crunch Premier League games against Manchester City and Manchester United but could return in February for matches against Liverpool and Arsenal.

Spurs then face Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on February 13.

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