Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is set return this weekend after making recovery from a stomach injury.
Tottenham have endured injury setbacks to some of their stars already this season including English duo Dele Alli and Danny Rose who are yet to recover and Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele and while Vertonghen remains sidelined, the Spurs midfielder has been cleared of injury.
Spurs star Eriksen has been out of action since been sidelined with a stomach injury that Denmark boss Age Hareide suggested may be “chronic but the player’s agent, Martin Schoots has dismissed such claims.
The Spurs midfielder has been absent from domestic games against Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford – in the EFL cup – as a result and was sorely in Tottenham’s defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Denmark playmaker was also absent for his country’s matches against the Republic of Ireland and Austria during the international break but will be fit to play against the Hammers in the London derby this weekend.
Spurs have been without midfield trio Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen but the latter duo have been cleared to make a return this weekend as revealed by Pochettino while Alli is expected to still be out for a maximum of two weeks as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Pochettino told reporters: “It was a good time for us because we are going to recover a few players like Christian and Mousa Dembele
“Still maybe 10 days more for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week more. Jan Vertonghen is a little bit longer. But the most important thing is that we start to recover players. It will be a tough month of competition for us.
“There are a lot of games ahead and it’s so important to have nearly all the squad fit to compete and play and to give options to rotate and share the games because it will be tough, the months we have ahead.
“We have seven games in one month, in four weeks, and it’s so important to have all fit to compete and to give the level that we want.”
Tottenham are also sweating over the fitness of Vertonghen while the fitness of Victor Wanyama is in doubt after picking up an injury while on international duty.
Tottenham failed to make any addition in the summer transfer window despite interest in signing several players but Pochettino has admitted that he is happy with the number of players at his disposal while failing to criticise the club’s transfer policy.
“From day one I told you I am never going to judge the words of my boss (Daniel Levy). He is my boss, he is the owner of the club, I am not going to judge,” he added.
“It was difficult to achieve the players we needed. That was impossible.
“I was happy and am happy with the squad that I have, 25 players. We have no regrets, we are happy.
“When we started the season with three games that we won and we were top of the table people were talking in a different way, ‘Oh how clever are Tottenham because they keep all the squad from last season’.
“After we lost some games all the alarms started to make a big impact in the perception.
But I need to remind everyone that is our best start after eight games, it is the best start in the Premier League for Tottenham and the perception is that we lost to Inter and Barcelona in the Champions League but we have one more point than last season and I am not happy about that because we are fifth in the table and the ambition is to be on the top.”