Defender ready for Arsenal clash


Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has declared himself ready to face Arsenal and new signing Lucas Moura is also in contention.

Moura, Tottenham’s £23m January signing, could make his debut against Arsenal in the early Saturday kick-off while Alderweireld, Harry Winks and Danny Rose all returned from long-term injuries to play in the midweek FA Cup win over Newport County and are hoping to be involved.

Alderweireld played 90 minutes against Newport on Wednesday, his first appearance since tearing his hamstring against Real Madrid 14 weeks ago.

The Belgian was rarely tested during a dominant win at Wembley and the decision now for Mauricio Pochettino is whether to field the 28-year-old in Saturday’s crunch north London derby.

Asked if he is ready, Alderweireld said: “Yeah, I feel very good. After 90 minutes, I worked very hard to play those kind of games and be ready and I feel very good.”