Etienne Capoue's injury not as bad as first feared

Clive Mason

Somehow, Etienne Capoue has avoided serious injury.

Etienne Capoue is set to miss four weeks with a sprained ankle, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed. The relatively short absence is a welcomed bit of good new for Spurs, who could use it in the wake of their loss to Arsenal and the (albeit unsurprising) departure of Gareth Bale.

Capoue went down in Spurs' loss to Arsenal on Sunday and was stretchered off with his ankle in an air cast, then taken directly to the hospital for scans. The way Capoue was taken off the field, as well as the extreme pain he appeared to be in on the field, led to speculation that he had broken his ankle and was facing a months-long absence, so a mere four-week layoff is about as good as the club and player could have hoped for.

The good news for Spurs is Sandro appears to be getting nearly full fitness so they won't be without a pure defensive midfielder in Capoue's absence. Now they just have to get Sandro back in form, something they hope happens sooner rather than later.

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