Toby Alderweireld gives Tottenham boost with return from hamstring injury

Toby Alderweireld has declared himself fully fit for Tottenham's crucial run of matches, telling Sky Sports he has no more doubts about his injury.

Alderweireld has been sidelined since pulling up with a hamstring problem in the 3-1 win over Real Madrid on Nov. 1 and he was originally scheduled to return at the beginning of February.

But the centre-back resumed training with the squad last weekend and he insists he is fit to play in the FA Cup fourth-round match at Newport County on Saturday.

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"I feel good. I feel fit. I'm strong. I feel ready to give 100 per cent again, like I always do," the Belgium international said.

"I worked very hard to come back to the training group as quickly as possible. Not one thing in my head is doubting about the injury."

Last season, Alderweireld returned from a seven-week injury layoff as a substitute against CSKA Moscow before starting the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United four days later.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino could similarly decide to bench Alderweireld at Rodney Parade this weekend and start him against United at Wembley next Wednesday. Spurs then play Liverpool and Arsenal in the league, as well as Juventus in their Champions League round-of-16 tie.

"Now it's up to me to prove that I'm ready again to the manager. It's always up to the manager [when I play]. I'm looking forward to give my all on the pitch," the 28-year-old added.

"We can't deny it's going to be a very difficult and very important month. We have to just see, game by game, and fight to get three points in each match. Then we'll see how far that brings us. But those are teams we have to beat, so why not?

"We're going very well with Spurs in the last few seasons; getting top four every year and nearly winning the league. It's up to us to have a better season in the Champions League too."

Meanwhile, Spurs centre-back Davinson Sanchez has told Spanish daily Marca that Pochettino convinced him to join the club from Ajax in the summer.

The Colombian, who joined Spurs for a club-record £38.4 million in August, said: "The first person I spoke with was Pochettino.

"I had chances to go to Italy but Mauricio convinced me, he's very direct. He believes that a good central defender must dominate and not forget the game when my team attacks. To be alive throughout the game."

Asked how Pochettino had told Spurs to play in the Champions League group games against Real Madrid, Sanchez said: "He told us that we should be aggressive, that to play a good game at the Bernabeu we should have confidence and play them as equals. The key was not to go crazy making changes."