Dele back for Tottenham’s trip to Southampton
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The midfielder has been sorely missed in recent games with Chelsea and Arsenal
Mauricio Pochettino will have Dele Alli available for the first time in six weeks when Tottenham Hotspur do battle with lowly Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.
Spurs head to the south coast attempting to win in the division for the first time in four games after recent defeats at Burnley and Chelsea and last Saturday’s dramatic draw at home to rivals Arsenal.
Alli missed those matches and hasn’t played since he limped off away to Fulham back on January 20.
He scored in the game, but suffered a hamstring injury late on and has missed Spurs’ last 10 games in all competitions.
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It has been a frustrating stop-start campaign for the England international with this issue the third he has had in the same area this season.
But now he is fit again, Alli will aim to finish with a bang and starting at Southampton this weekend.
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While Spurs will have their talented playmaker back, Kieran Trippier is set to be absent for a second consecutive match.
The right-back has a gluteal muscle strain which kept him out of Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 second leg against Borussia Dortmund and he will sit out Sautrday’s encounter too.
Harry Winks may be part of the squad, though, but his groin injury will be assessed to see if he can be involved at St Mary’s.
After coming off against Dortmund and missing the north London derby, Spurs may opt for a degree of caution with the midfielder, who has played a lot of games this season.
Some other decisions for Pochettino to make include who plays full-back and at the heart of defence?
Danny Rose is expected to return ahead of Ben Davies while Kyle Walker-Peters could earn a rare starting role along with Juan Foyth.
Higher up the pitch, Eric Dier is likely to make his first start since January 27 after doing well off the bench on Tuesday.
While Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela will be vying for a spot in the team, probably in place of Heung-min Son given the amount of games he has played of late.