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Alli closing in on Spurs return

8th March 2019, 06:49 by Alex Jack

Tottenham's Dele Alli is set for a late fitness test as boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes he can feature on Saturday at Southampton.

Spurs could be strengthened for the trip to St Mary's by the potential return to fitness of the influential Alli, who has trained following a hamstring injury and faces a late fitness test.

Kieran Trippier is expected to miss out owing to strained gluteals, while Harry Winks will be assessed because of a potential groin problem before Pochettino selects his starting XI.

It was excelling as Southampton's manager for 18 months up to May 2014 that led to the Argentinian being recruited by Spurs, and he revealed that the heartache that came when he resigned to move to north London was so tough that he cried.

"Of course a lot aren't going to forgive me, but I still love them," he said. "I love Southampton. The time I spent there was a great experience; I enjoyed it a lot.

"I cried a lot when I left. My family, too. It was one of the most important periods of my life with my family, that I enjoyed the most, which is why it was so tough.

"You change in your life; you need to move. But I still love Southampton, of course I want to beat them on Saturday but I wish them the best."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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