Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld could be fit in time for next Sunday’s north London derby with Arsenal.
Kane has been sidelined with an ankle problem picked up against Sunderland in September while Alderweireld has a knee injury.
Ahead of the clash at the Emirates, Spurs take on Bayern Leverkusen in midweek with Pochettino admitting they could be in contention for the Champions League game.
“Harry and Toby are not ready yet. It is difficult to know when but maybe their evolution is great in the next few days and maybe they are available if not Wednesday then next Sunday,” he said according to the Mirror.
“They are suffering a lot. They want to be available quickly because we kill them. When they are recovering from injury they have double sessions every day, to keep fit and it’s a good thing to say ‘wake up, work hard’.
“They are very positive but sometimes you cannot accelerate the process. We wait for the doctors to say they are available. They are not frustrated, always they want to play but sometimes it’s not possible.”
The news will come as something of a blow to Arsenal with both players having emerged as absolutely vital to Tottenham’s hopes, although how match fit Kane will be after a spell out injured remains to be seen.
Spurs have struggled in front of goal without Kane, with their only goal in their last three games coming from the penalty spot against Liverpool. Vincent Janssen was the scorer but he has largely failed to make an impact since his summer move.
Likewise Alderweireld has emerged as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and Spurs still boast the best defence in the top flight having conceded just four goals so far this season.
However, with home advantage Arsenal will be hoping to inflict Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat of the season, providing Leicester City do not beat them to it on Saturday.