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Good news for Tottenham, bad for Man City: Spurs star poised for Monday return

Tottenham could welcome back England midfielder Dele Alli for the first time in over a month on Monday night when Premier League champions Manchester City face the London club.

Alli, 22, is being assessed by Tottenham’s medical staff according to the London Evening Standard, and there is optimism that he could make next week’s game at Wembley.

It’s one month today since Alli last played for Tottenham, in their Carabao Cup win over Watford, and he has since been sidelined with a hamstring injury. The hope all along was that he could be back for the City game and that may now be the case.

Meanwhile, ESPN FC reports City were offered the chance to reverse fixtures and have Monday’s game against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium amid concerns about the Wembley pitch, which is currently hosting a series of NFL games.

City rejected the offer, since it would lead to a pile-up of away fixtures late in the season when Pep Guardiola’s side could be challenging for the league title.

Tottenham have also played down concerns about the state of the pitch come Monday and believe it will be in a suitable condition and will not endanger any of the players involved.

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