Roberto Martinez Admits Toby Alderweireld Concern Ahead Of World Cup
Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez is concerned by the reduced gametime received by Toby Alderweireld ever since his return from a hamstring problem in February. The versatile defender has earned just three appearances since his injury comeback and just one of those have come in the Premier League.
In a report covered by Football London, Martinez admitted that Belgium could be hampered during the summer with Alderweireld not able to maintain a string of games in the playing XI, he said:"Obviously it’s been a concern, because Toby has been Mr Consistency in the last few seasons. Remember, he had a great partnership with Jan Vertonghen.
"That gives you a knowhow that has been reflected in their performances.With Toby, he had a difficult injury at the beginning of the season.Now it’s just (about) trying to see that he can get back to the best level and then being able to get that match fitness that he’s missing because of the lack of games."
Belgium have a strong defence which includes household names in the form of Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen alongside Alderweireld and Vertonghen. However, the first two have been prone to injury concerns over the past few years and this does not make for good hearing for the Red Devils who are deemed as one of the dark horses for the 2018 World Cup.
Meanwhile, Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham remains uncertain heading into the final four games of the campaign and reports suggest that Spurs could be inclined to offload him during the summer. Alderweireld’s reluctance to sign a new contract may witness a £25m release clause activated in the backend of the transfer window and Spurs may need to act fast in order to make a sizeable transfer sum from his sale. The Belgian has made just 11 league appearances this season.