Alderweireld has endured a tough five-months, during which he has had hamstring problems and made just two appearances for the club. We prefer to have him training with the Under-23s and then to play on Saturday before coming back with us.
The situation has come against the backdrop of a breakdown in negotiations over a new contract and it has not been hard to pick up on the mood at the club - he has become a disposable asset.
But it also has a £25m release clause that could be activated in 2019.
Has there ever been a match against Tottenham at the Bridge that meant as much?
The 25-year-old was forced to withdraw from worldwide duty after suffering the injury in the Blues' FA Cup victory over Leicester City, and has yet to return to full training ahead of the weekend's fixtures.
Yet Pochettino refuses to have his head turned by potential World Cup heartbreak and will not change his defensive system to accommodate the fit-again Alderweireld.
The Frenchman has an unreal capacity to win the ball back from the opposition before launching his side into an attack, Kante is one of the best players in his position in the world.
A record of four defeats from their last six top-flight games is not an encouraging one for the team from the capital.
With the season slowly drawing to a close, the duo will need to be fit for the upcoming games and then will not be getting much rest, as they head into the World Cup in Russian Federation.
Former Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland once described Moussa Dembele as: "The best player I've played with". Pochettino is likely to go for the more tactically disciplined Erik Lamela, or even Moussa Sissoko, rather than Lucas Moura. He maybe needs to play more because he was out of the France squad.
"I think that every manager wants to win a trophy", Conte said, as quoted by the Times.
He might have had a poor campaign so far, a point underlined by England manager Gareth Southgate's comments that the young midfielder place in the team is not set in stone, but Dele Alli is a player tailor-made for Premier League action. I understand his worldwide manager but what can I do?
Both teams are looking to secure a top-four finish to ensure participation in next season's Champions League. The reigning champions have also kept clean sheets in five of their last seven Premier League home games. "But for me, first of all, every single player needs to show in the training session they are better than their team-mate".
"What can I do?" I can not play with more than 11 and you need to chose.