Soccer NewsMonday 7th March 2016

Panic stations: Alli playing through injuries

Panic stations: Alli playing through injuries

England’s Euro 2016 hopes are over after Mauricio Pochettino revealed Dele Alli is playing through two injuries.

The Tottenham midfielder has enjoyed an excellent first season at White Hart Lane since joining the squad from MK Dons after signing last January.

The 19-year-old has become an integral part of an unlikely title challenge led by Pochettino, but the manager claims his star is playing through injuries in the title run-in.

“He is an incredible athlete, yes, but he is not a machine,” said Pochettino. “He has a problem in his ankle and knee. He was good before the game but the players are not machines.”

When asked whether he may have to rest Alli soon, Pochettino added: “It depends. We assess the players every day and we take the best decision from the team. We try to look after all of them. We played a lot of games and we come from a difficult season, because we’ve played a lot.

“I think that we have good staff, good sports science and medical, who can look after the players in a good way.

“We have a lot of players who are young and in their first or second season in the Premier League.

“It’s very tough and we spend a lot of time analysing and to find information to give the best training sessions or recovery, or to find the best way to help them.”