Ange Postecoglou has seen his team’s fitness and form crumble over the past few weeks, with an extensive injury list and three consecutive losses.
Now Spurs face the tough trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City, with a battle with the champions awaiting.
Tottenham injury news
The midfielder made his first start since his ACL injury in February during Spurs’ 2-1 loss against Aston Villa last weekend, but the comeback ended as a nightmare.
A late challenge from Matty Cash means Bentancur is facing another spell out. The midfielder’s ankle issue is expected to keep the Uruguayan out of action until February 2024.
Speaking on the situation in his pre-match press conference, Postecoglou said: “No exact timeframe. It w ill be well into early next year, a couple of months at least.
“Talking to him he’s such a positive guy. If it was me I’d have a much grumpier outlook. But he knew when he was out there that he hadn’t lost anything.
“He was still playing the way he was. So he can’t wait to get back out there.”
⚪️ Ange Postecoglou on signing new midfielder with Maddison, Bentancur, Bissouma and Sarr unavailable in January.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 1, 2023
Pape Matar Sarr missed out on the Aston Villa match, after suffering a muscle injury while on international duty with Senegal.
The 21-year-old is expected to have recovered over the past week, but Postecoglou confirmed this afternoon that the midfielder will miss out on the trip to face Manchester City.
Micky Van de Ven
One of the signings of the summer, Van de Den was one of the casualties during the brutal 4-1 defeat to London rivals Chelsea.
After pulling up while chasing the ball, the centre-back suffered a serious hamstring issue that immediately forced him off the pitch. The New Year is thought to be a realistic return target for the Dutch international.
Maddison has been one of the Premier League’s best players this term, providing eight goal contributions in 11 matches.
However, the midfielder was another member of the unlucky party against Chelsea, coming off in the first half with an ankle injury.
Spurs haven’t picked up a point since his absence and the wait may continue, as Maddison’s return isn’t cited until the New Year at least.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 23, 2023
A statement from the Tottenham Hotspur website confirmed the forward was set to miss out on a lengthy period of football: “We can confirm that Richarlison has undergone groin surgery today,”
“The Brazil international will commence his rehabilitation with our medical staff immediately, before returning to training in the coming weeks.”
It isn’t known yet whether Richarlison will return before the end of the year.
Ryan Sessegnon has recently made his return to light training after undergoing hamstring surgery over the summer.
Postecoglou has described the 23-year-old as ‘longer term’, and has announced a return as ‘a fair bit of time away’.
Tottenham new boy Manor Solomon underwent surgery on his knee, following an issue picked up in training and is expected back in December.