Sky Sports Tottenham beat journalist Lyall Thomas is back with an update on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nacer Chadli, who injured his ankle during Spurs' 0-0 draw against Liverpool on White Hart Lane on Saturday. The bad news is that it appears that Chadli will indeed be out for a good length of time. Thankfully, his period on the sidelines might not be as bad as maybe what you were fearing.
Sky sources: Nacer Chadli out for at least four weeks with minor ankle ligament damage. Full story to follow. #Tottenham #THFC— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) October 19, 2015
A month out isn't a terrible prognosis for minor ligament damage, though it wouldn't surprise me if we don't see Nacer again for at least another six weeks. Ligament injuries are difficult to heal and are easy to re-injure. The good news is that Eric Dier, Ryan Mason, and Nabil Bentaleb should be returning to the lineup imminently, which then opens up additional possibilities on the wing during Nacer's absence.
One possibility would be to, as we saw against Liverpool, simply bring in Clinton N'Jie into the left side of midfield. However, we might also see Poche experiment with the attacking midfield band: Christian Eriksen could be shunted left with Ryan Mason or Mousa Dembele moved into the middle, ahead of Dier and Dele Alli.
Chadli hasn't been scoring at the insane clip like he did for Spurs last season, but he's a useful player to have around and knows Pochettino's system well. With him out Spurs will have a bit of a new look, and it might give an opportunity for another player to shine.