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Toby Alderweireld shows Southampton's European desire in draw with Tottenham

Southampton 2-2 Tottenham

Toby Alderweireld played with a broken bone in his shoulder, such is the defender's desire to help Southampton achieve European qualification.

Many assumed the 26-year-old's season was over after he left the field on a stretcher in the loss at Stoke last week.

"I have a small bone that is broken, so normally I couldn't play but the desire to play was very high," Alderweireld said.

"I went to a specialist and he said 'nothing can happen, it's only pain management and how far you can go'.

Alderweireld got through the match thanks to a concoction of grit, determination and painkillers. He left the field proud with the performance but frustrated by the result as Saints twice took the lead through Graziano Pelle, only to be pegged back by Erik Lamela and then Nacer Chadli.

Still, just a point separates fifth-place Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs and Saints in seventh keeping the Europa League battle alive.

"We didn't lose so the next couple of weeks will decide. We will do our best. We are confident because of how we played today and we will see next week."

Southampton continue their top-six push at Sunderland next weekend, while Spurs face the unenviable task of overcoming Manchester City.

City have won six of the last seven meetings between the sides scoring 26 goals in the process, so Hugo Lloris could be in for a busy afternoon.

The Spurs keeper said: "We have one week to prepare it and I think every player wants to be on the pitch because it is exciting to play that kind of game.

"Before that, we need to rest. We hope to get a positive result against them."

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