It wasn't even a month ago when it looked like Steven Pienaar was nearing full fitness. In fact, his exact words were, "I'm almost there." Well, Stevie, are you still almost there? Nope. You're not even close. The Tottenham midfielder underwent groin surgery on Tuesday morning, a procedure that will keep him on the sidelines for six weeks. The decision to undergo surgery came after he underwent scans and an independent specialist recommended that he go under the knife.
There's no real way of knowing how much Pienaar's absence will affect Spurs. Will Wilson Palacios stick around? How about Niko Kranjcar? Will Rafael van der Vaart get back to fitness soon? Can the club seal the deal for Bryan Ruiz, Lassana Diarra or any of the other players they have been linked to? How much the team needs Pienaar is dependent on what happens with those situations so this could be a big blow to the team or it could just be a blip on the radar.
More than anything this is just a blow to Pienaar. Ever since he joined Spurs last January, Pienaar has been battling injuries. It's kept him from ever being able to grab a hold of a role with the team despite Harry Redknapp clearly having a soft spot for him. It would just be nice if he could get fit and start to find his role in the team. He may not be the player some hyped him up to be at Everton, but there's no doubt that he can find a role to play with Spurs.