Latest Tottenham injury news as seven miss Aston Villa with Son, Udogie and Vicario updates
Tottenham injury news as Ange Postecoglou gets back to work with his Spurs squad still missing a handful of key players
Ange Postecoglou has had nearly two weeks to plan for just how Tottenham react to their first real setback of the season. After going 10 games unbeaten, leading the table as deserved pace-setters, it all came crashing down in a mad 60 minutes against Chelsea and then in even more chaotic fashion away at Wolves.
Things don’t get any easier either with Unai Emery’s impressive Aston Villa making the trip to north London on Sunday with the aim of gate-crashing the top four for real. A win for the visitors could see them go into second by the end of the weekend.
It all comes at a time whereby Postecoglou has had to balance his squad selection without much choice. The red cards to Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie caused a defensive reshuffle but it was Micky van de Ven’s hamstring injury that poses a bigger problem.
The 22-year-old has been ruled out until the new year at least and leaves a gaping hole in the backline with Eric Dier undercooked and Ben Davies out of position. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has also been used as centre-back cover but is already down the pecking order in midfield let alone further back.
The good news for Spurs is that their players on international duty look to have come back unscathed. Son Heung-min worried fans momentarily as he went down with a knock whilst playing for South Korea. The club captain had already scored a beautiful curled goal with his left foot and lead the way in a dominant 5-0 win over Singapore last week but had to receive treatment on his ankle.
Son played on for the full game though and offered a positive message afterwards. “I am fine now, I don’t like to lie down for a long time [on the pitch]. At that moment [I went down] I couldn’t feel anything on my foot.
“It’s not only me, all players have small injuries but still play for the team.” He added: “We are making a team for the World Cup, I can’t give up a game just because I feel pain. If I can’t run any more, then I can’t do anything about it but when I can run, I have to give 100 per cent for the team.”
The 31-year-old then played again, this time against China, and he scored twice to help secure a 3-0 win for his country as they top the qualification group with Thailand in second. Pressure will be ramped up on Son as he works without James Maddison alongside him.
The 27-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on Thursday, is another player set to be out until January at the earliest after suffering a damaging ankle injury in the defeat to Chelsea. He was taken off before half-time in that game as it became clear in the following days that things were worse than first seemed.
Maddison’s absence comes at a bad time for Spurs who are already missing Richarlison as he recovers from pelvis surgery, Manor Solomon and Ivan Perisic in attack. Ryan Sessegnon is also still out whilst Alfie Whiteman remains sidelined.
With this spate of issues and Romero still serving a ban for what was a straight red card there is hope that Udogie will be able to recover after being left out of Luciano Spalletti’s Italy squad. The youngster is thought to be okay and football.london understands it was a precautionary decision made. Meanwhile fellow countryman Guglielmo Vicario was forced to leave the squad after picking up symptoms for a flu.
He has had ample time to recover though and is likely to feature on Sunday. Postecoglou will have more updates on his squad on Friday when he faces the media.