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Tottenham defender Alderweireld: I'm ready to start Arsenal clash

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld hopes to start in tomorrow's derby with Arsenal.

Alderweireld is finally fit after three months out with a hamstring injury and put himself in contention for the lunchtime clash with Arsenal by playing the full 90 minutes on his comeback in Spurs' 2-0 FA Cup win over Newport in midweek.

He said: "The Arsenal game was not the goal, it was just to be back as quickly as possible. But of course those kind of games are the ones you always want to be involved in.

"Now it's up to the manager who he needs.

"I feel very good. It was a proper hamstring injury and the risk of re-tearing it was very big.

"That's why we had to take our time and work very hard to get the muscles to be ready for this kind of game against Newport and to play a lot of games again.

"It was a difficult period for me, but on the other hand it was three months. In a football career that's not that long. I'm 28 and I'm happy that I never had a knee injury or something a lot worse.

"Three months is difficult — but it could have been even longer."

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