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Gareth Southgate expects swift return to club action for Dele Alli

Southgate expects swift Dele Alli return
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Gareth Southgate does not think that the "minor strain" suffered by Dele Alli against Spain will rule him out of Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that the "minor strain" suffered by Dele Alli is unlikely to rule him out of Tottenham Hotspur's meeting with Liverpool.

Alli was forced to withdraw from the Three Lions' squad on the eve of their friendly against Switzerland in Leicester due to a muscular problem sustained in the loss to Spain.

The 22-year-old will now return to Tottenham to undergo treatment, and Southgate expects the attacking midfielder to be available for selection when Liverpool travel to Wembley Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

"He has just had a minor strain and should be fine for his club at the weekend I would think, but tomorrow's game will come too quickly," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

Southgate also confirmed that no replacement midfielder will be called up for Tuesday's friendly at the King Power Stadium.


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2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
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15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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