Dele Alli to Miss Tottenham Season Opener Due to Hamstring Injury


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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli missed two months of action last season due to a hamstring injury, and it was an issue that was certainly re-occurring last campaign. Well, it’s occurring again as his hamstring problem will be enough to keep out him out of the season opener versus newly promoted Aston Villa.

It’s something to consider if you’re doing any wagering on the Premier League season opening games this weekend. If you check out you’ll see the current odds on the curtain raisers in the English top flight, where Spurs are heavily favored over their newly promoted opposition. However, Tottenham do have some fitness concerns for the opener.

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Team manager Mauricio Pochettino will also have to contend with the loss of starting right back Juan Foyth for an extended period of time. Additionally, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier all face races against the clock to be fit on time for this one.

Regarding Alli, Pochettino pretty much ruled out the idea of the English international being ready for the curtain raiser.

“I don’t know if the club communicate the time but I don’t believe he’s going to be ready for the start of the season,” Poch said in regards to the attacking midfielder after his side’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup.

“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.”

Pochetttino raises a great point about Alli- he is, at least theoretically, too young to be having these kinds of chronic severe problems. And it’s possible that the issues will only worsen over the course of his career.

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That said, he has logged a lot of minutes the past couple of seasons, and maybe the wear and tear is really getting to him. 

Tottenham have a great chance at achieving another top four finish this season (it would make it five straight seasons), but it’s been a cruel summer; our apologies to Bananarama. The north London side has only made one transfer window acquisition of noteworthiness, and (as we described above) they have been bitten pretty hard by the injury bug.

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