Football: Spurs' Alli sidelined by knee injury

Tottenham's Dele Alli at a match in Wembley Stadium, London on Nov 2, 2016.
Tottenham's Dele Alli at a match in Wembley Stadium, London on Nov 2, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will be out for "a few weeks" after twisting his knee in training, manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Sunday (Nov 6).

The injury ruled the 20-year-old out of Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

He will also be absent when interim England manager Gareth Southgate names his squad on Sunday for the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Scotland and friendly with Spain.

"Bad luck yesterday in the training session, he twisted his knee. We need to assess him today and tomorrow," Pochettino said, in comments published on Tottenham's Twitter account before the game.

"He'll be out for a few weeks. We hope it's not a big issue. It's bad luck. He was in the team, he's an important player, but that's football." Speaking after the game, Pochettino said Alli's injury was "minor".

Signed from Milton Keynes Dons in 2015, Alli was voted the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year last season after Spurs finished third in the league.

Southgate was also left sweating on the fitness of first-choice right-back Kyle Walker, who hobbled off after taking a knock in the second half.

"I've not had time to see him yet," Pochettino said when asked about Walker's injury after the game.

"He's with the doctor at the moment and we'll see after the press conference."