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Tottenham boss high on DeAndre Yedlin's potential, but not in much rush to play him

Joe Nuxoll/Center Line Soccer

DeAndre Yedlin is once again training with Tottenham Hotspur after spending the past couple weeks with the United States national team. The main reason for Yedlin leaving Spurs for the USMNT was to get some playing time, something that has been limited to a single appearance in a U21 match since joining the team at the start of January.

Although the injury he sustained in the United States' win over Panama doesn't appear to be serious, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino seems perfectly happy to allow Yedlin to do most of his development on the training pitch right now.

"DeAndre just arrived in London and, like all young players, requires a process of adaptation, to learn a new way, to know a new culture. We have to proceed carefully, quietly, giving him precious time to settle both on and off the field and to show his qualities.

"But obviously if he's here it's because we expect a lot from him."

That said, circumstances can obviously change and Tottenham's schedule doesn't lighten up much over the next month. Starting with their next game on Feb. 19 -- an Europa League match against Fiorentina -- Spurs will play six matches over 17 days across three competitions.

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