Pochettino confirms key midfielder will not be ready for season kick-off

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that his team will have to deal with the absence of key midfielder Dele Alli for the start of the upcoming season.

The England international has been frequently troubled by injuries over the last two years after breaking into the first team at the club almost five years ago.

Prior to his injury worries, Alli was a very vital member of a Tottenham side which has managed to maintain consistent qualification for the Champions League.

The 23-year-old, who was part of the England squad for the World Cup in Russia last summer, has a new fitness concern, only days before the season opener.

According to Pochettino, Alli’s latest injury means he will not be available for the first game of the season next week.

“I don’t believe he’s going to be ready for the start of the season.” Pochettino said, as per talkSPORT

The Spurs boss went on to admit that Alli’s hamstring problems are becoming a concern, mainly due to how young the midfielder is.

“It’s the same area. Yes, of course we are worried. He’s still so young. Just 23-years-old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years.” he added

“It’s to pay attention to what is going on in his body, but we are here to try to help him. Think (it is a) minor injury. Only a few weeks before he can be available again and be with the group.”