With news coming down the pike recently that Harry Kane will be missing several weeks of action thanks to an ankle injury, it shouldn’t thrill Tottenham fans that they will also be without midfielder Dele Alli until March after he suffered a hamstring strain during his side’s 2-1 victory over Fulham on Sunday.
Alli took to Twitter after news broke saying that he was “gutted” to hear the prognosis. He added that “I will do everything in my power to return as quick as possible. Thank you for all the messages.”
Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that @dele_official has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday's match.
Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March. pic.twitter.com/BalHwgBFHZ
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 22, 2019
The 22-year-old joins an ever-growing list of important competitors for Spurs. Along with the aforementioned Kane, Alli is joined by Lucas Moura, who scored the most goals in the EPL this past August, Moussa Sissoko, who has helped illuminate the starving midfield Tottenham must field without his presence, and Victor Wanyama, who has been out since this past November with a knee injury.
This whole situation becomes even more concerning if you also add Son Heung-min, who has been competing in the Asian Cup with the South Korean National Team. His return date is not yet clear.
Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is going to have to get a little crafty these next several weeks so that they can confirm a Champions League spot for next season. As of writing, they are currently third in the EPL and lead struggling Chelsea by four points. The main issue is that with Arsenal back to their winning ways and Manchester United on an absolute tear of late, Spurs will need to dig deep if they want to ensure good placement.
Spurs will compete against Watford, Newcastle, Leicester, Burnley, and Chelsea in the EPL before March rolls around. Those are five potential wins if they really focus hard on those matches rather than spread themselves out too thin in all their other competitions. Tottenham are also competing in the EFL (Carabao) Cup, and FA Cup, and Champions League in both January and February.
Be sure to let us know how you think Tottenham will fare without another one of their key players. Will Poch lead his side to another Top Four finish? Or will either Arsenal or Manchester United leapfrog the eternally snake-bitten franchise? Let us know!
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