The injury list just keeps growing for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino as star player Dele Alli has been ruled out for a minimum of 6 weeks
The New Year has been cruel for the Tottenham manager as 3 of their 4 assured starters in the attacking positions are unavailable for the next few matches. Now, Dele Alli is the latest addition to the list. The club statement read, “Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that @dele_official has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday’s match.”
An injury to Harry Kane is enough to give sleepless nights to any manager in the world. But the last time Harry Kane was injured, Spurs were able to get over it some of the other players like Heung Min Son stepping up their game. This time however, Son will also be unavailable due to his national commitments with South Korea playing in the Asia Cup.
Depending on their progress, Son could miss a total of 4 matches starting with the EFL Cup semi-final clash versus London rivals Chelsea this Friday and going on till Spurs’ home match against Newcastle on February 2. Tottenham would be glad if South Korea could crash out of the Asia Cup. This would mean he would return before their crunch Champions League round of 16 match versus Borussia Dortmund. However, Pochettino will miss the services of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, with both of them ruled out till March, which means the pair will also miss crucial Premier League matches against Chelsea and Arsenal.
It’ll be down to Pochettino to motivate his players to replace the trio’s goals for the next few weeks. The returns of Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura will offer some ray of hope to Spurs who will need to step up along with the other attacking options – Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela. Pochettino has rejected the idea of getting Vincent Janssen back into plans, calling it ‘impossible’ about his chances despite a shortage of players in the club. The manager also stated that he won’t change the club’s transfer strategy and stated, “The difficult thing is to find quality that will add to the squad. We are not going to change strategy, we are working, we will see what happens at the end.”