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Friday, 1 July 2016

Wimmer and Alderweireld to start the season

Wimmer and Alderweireld to start the season

I spoke previously about these major tournaments in the summer and hoped that with so many players involved, we had 11 at the European Championships as well as Lamela and Yedlin at the Copa America, that didn't pick up any injuries.

Jan Vertonghen has though and will be out of action for two months after tearing ankle ligaments which will disrupt his pre-season and and ensure he misses the start of the new season.Kevin Wimmer will get his chance to establish himself once again and given his performances we can have no worries for the games against

13/08/2016    15:00    Everton (a)
20/08/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace (h)
27/08/2016    15:00    Liverpool (h)

Asyou see we have three games in August, against both Merseyside teams and Crystal Palace. Wimmer did pick up a few bookings last season, having said that alook at his record shows he actually only picked up 2 yellow cards in 10 Premier League games, 1 in 6 Europa League games, 0 in 4 FA Cup games and 0 in 1 League Cup game.

Belgian manager Mark Wilmots explained how he injury happened during one of his training sessions to a gathered press conference.

“I am going to explain everything to you. I blew the whistle to stop the training session and he went down. As he controlled the ball with left foot, he turned his ankle. He had a scan here at Lille and he has torn two of three external ligaments in his ankle. That means his European Championship is over. 
“I am not going to talk about a tragedy because there’s a lot more tragic things in life than that, but it’s a sporting tragedy for him, if you will, because he was a very important player for us. 
“Mentally and physically, he really was completely fit. He had a lot of desire and unfortunately fate decided that on a certain movement that he would do 10,000 times, on that specific movement his ankle turned and tore his ligament. 
“That’s exactly what happened so I can tell you he is out for the remainder of the tournament. Based on our forecast, it should be between six and eight weeks [recovery time]. He suffered the same injury three or four months ago and I think he took six weeks to come back from the injury. It all depends on everything with regards to his rehabilitation. 
“We’ve got in touch with Mr Pochettino and the Spurs doctor to see how he will receive treatment in due course.”
We will now have to keep our fingers crossed that Toby Alderweireld doesn't pick up an injury, at least our five England players will now be having a rest and a holiday ahead of the start of their pre-season training, which befins for the rest today.


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