Alderweireld won't be risked

13 February 2018 03:35:43 EST

Mauricio Pochettino is happy to wrap Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld in cotton wool after confirming that the defender will not play against Juventus on Tuesday.

The Belgium international has not travelled to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 encounter, a match Spurs are 29/10 to win.

Alderweireld sustained a serious hamstring injury more than three months ago against Real Madrid and was not involved in Saturday's victory against Arsenal after featuring in last Wednesday's 2-0 win against Newport County in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

The defender is expected to play in the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Rochdale on Sunday.

"He is 28 and it was a massive injury that we need to manage and be cautious with because we cannot put his career at risk," said Pochettino.

"To play this type of game you need to be 200 per cent. Competing is not the same as training and that's why we are caring about him with our plan.

"When he is in a condition to play at a high level again, he can compete for a place in the starting XI. When you can't play in a game like this it is difficult to accept. I can understand that and we are frustrated too.

"If all goes well he will be part of the team next Sunday against Rochdale. We're going to assess him day by day."

Spurs can be backed at 9/4 to keep a clean sheet against Juventus while they are 4/11 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They can be backed at 5/2 to win the FA Cup this season.

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