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Injury rules Alli out of season's opener

 

Hamstring problem: Dele Alli
Hamstring problem: Dele Alli

By Jonathan Veal

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out of the start of the new season with a hamstring injury.

The England international picked up the problem in training and boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will not be fit for the Premier League opener against Aston Villa this Saturday.

It will come as a big blow to the 23-year-old, who was beset by hamstring problems last season and Pochettino admits it is a concern.

The boss, who saw his side conclude their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan, said: "I don't believe he's going to be ready for the start of the season.

"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.

"It's to pay attention to what is going on in his body, but we are here to try to help him. Think (it is a) minor injury. Only a few weeks before he can be available again and be with the group."

With less than a week until the transfer window shuts, Tanguy Ndombele remains the only signing that will impact the first team this summer and Pochettino expressed his frustration last week when he appeared to distance himself from the club's dealings.

"I am happy with my squad," he insisted.

"You can see today a lot of younger players. In every season we are always open to improve the squad and to try to find the right players to be stronger and better and there are still four days.

"We'll see what happens in the next few days."

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