Following reports of an ankle ligament injury for midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, it’s now believed another Tottenham star is set to be out till 2024.
Spurs injury list growing and growing
As many as ten Spurs players are currently unavailable, with one suspended and a seismic eight on the treatment table. Cristian Romero is serving a match ban, but the likes of James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Richarlison, Ryan Sessegnon, Manor Solomon, Ashley Phillips, Pape Matar Sarr and, now, Bentancur are all sidelined through injury.
At the start of November, Spurs head coach Ange Postecoglou was enjoying a 10-game unbeaten run after winning consecutive Manager of the Month awards. Now, the Australian is fresh off the back of three losses in a row, and a plethora of his squad members are unavailable for selection.
Bentancur’s ankle problem will come as an especially sore one to take for supporters and Postecoglou, as the Uruguay midfielder had only just returned from a nine-month injury absence sustained last season.
“It wasn’t a great tackle,” said Postecoglou on Bentancur after Tottenham’s loss to Villa.
“I thought he started the game so well and I think it was the reason we got a real good foothold on the game. He’s such a creative player. It’s the last thing we needed, another injury. So disappointed to lose him but we’re yet to see the extent of it.”
The South American could’ve provided some real steal in the Spurs midfield for looming encounters against league champions Man City and London rivals West Ham, not to mention Champions League qualification rivals Newcastle United.
Solomon now out until 2024
This week, Spurs appeared to be slowly approaching the return of winger Solomon at one point, but now the Isreali will join Bentancur as a sidelined star till 2024. The Standard previously estimated a December return for Tottenham’s summer signing, but the same outlet and journalist Nizaar Kinsella have some bad news on that front.
Indeed, they claim Solomon is now expected to miss the rest of 2023 and won’t return until the new year. The former Fulham winger has provided two assists over his limited appearances in a Spurs shirt and would’ve been a wonderful option to call upon in the festive period.
Alas, Postecoglou will have to cope without Solomon’s presence for a while longer yet, as the Tottenham boss also ponders how to get the very best out of his limited squad.
The 24-year-old has been praised as a “special” player by former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, but he’ll be forced to watch on from the Spurs sidelines until next year.
Being called “among the best” for his one-v-one ability, Postecoglou really could’ve done with him.
“Manor is a special player; he was excellent at Fulham,” said Grant to Ynet. “I spoke with him, and he’s thrilled to be at Tottenham; he has improved his killer instinct. What sets him apart is his amazing one-on-one ability; he’s among the best. He is a Premier League player in every sense.”