Spurs will be ecstatic with the news their star centre-back Jan Vertonghen is back in training and could join the team just in time for their Premier League title charge.
One of the major reasons for Tottenham Hotspur’s successful run this season has been its watertight defence. They have conceded just 25 goals, which is the lowest in the league. While Toby Alderweireld has been ever-present for Spurs this season, his partner, Jan Vertonghen, has been sidelined with injury for three months.
However, there’s good news on that front as the Belgian is close to recovery. But the match against Manchester United on Sunday could come too early for him, and he faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.
Tottenham will also be boosted by the return of Argentine winger Erik Lamela, who missed the last match because of a knock.
“Erik has trained well this week and he will be available for Sunday,” said Pochettino on Friday, according to the official club website.
“We will asses Clinton Njie and Jan Vertonghen tomorrow.”
Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer has performed admirably in the absence of Vertonghen and will start alongside Alderweireld against Manchester United. They will anchor the defence with help from fullbacks Kyle Walker and Danny Rose.
Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele will man the central midfield behind the fast, skillful and in form trio of Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. Up front, Tottenham have arguably the best striker in the Premier League, Harry Kane leading the line.
In the six games that remain, Spurs will need to make sure they get all 18 points. Not only is there a league title to fight for, the club also has a chance to finish above hated rivals Arsenal, a feat they have not been able to achieve since the 1994/95 season. Unless they have a terrible last few games, Spurs will return to the Champions League next season, a competition they last played in when Bale was still with them. And if they play their cards right, they could end up being the champions of England again, after more than fifty years.