Huge blow for Tottenham ahead of derby clash

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Chelsea will play host to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, with both sides fighting for the top spot on the table.

Spurs are slight favourites for this game, but Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has revealed a huge blow ahead of the clash.

Key Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld will miss Tottenham’s upcoming crucial game against Chelsea due to a muscle injury.

Alderweireld has been an important player for Spurs, and Mourinho has confirmed his absence.

“He has a muscular injury but not as bad as we initially thought,” Mourinho said ahead of the Europa League clash with Ludogorets.

“He will be out, but not for a month like we suspected. I would say 2 to 4 weeks.”

Also, fellow defender Eric Dier has admitted that losing Alderweireld was a bitter pill to swallow for Spurs.

“A huge blow. It would be a huge blow for us. We’ve been defending really well,” he said.

“Three clean sheets in our last four [Premier League matches] and Toby’s been a big part of that. I thought today again he made some fantastic interceptions, tackles, blocks when he needed to.

“So obviously any player in this squad getting injured is a big loss for us and Toby’s no different.”

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