Pochettino expects Dele Alli to miss start of season

Nicholas Mendola
NBC Sports

Dele Alli looks unlikely to be fit for the start of the Premier League season on Saturday versus Aston Villa, as his hamstring is a problem yet again.

The attacker missed two months last season with a hamstring problem, the latest in a long line of them.

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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke at Spurs’ 1-1 draw with Inter Milan on Sunday, via Metro, and admitted that Dele’s hamstring worries are a real concern:

“I don’t know if the club communicate the time but I don’t believe he’s going to be ready for the start of the season,” he said. “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.”

Dele scored seven goals with eight assists in around 3,000 minutes last season, a marked step back from his previous two seasons (14 and 16 in about 3,700 minutes and 22 and 13 in approximately 4,000).

Pochettino also said Juan Foyth, his rumored starting right back, could be out for “many weeks” and added that Serge Aurier, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier have work to do to be ready for the season.

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