Clinton N'Jie's season hit a bump in the road after Mauricio Pochettino revealed in comments to the press that the Cameroonian winger is out "for a while" with a knee ligament injury picked up during training. Clinton missed last week's match against Newcastle and will be out for a month, and possibly longer.
"Clinton picked up a ligament injury in his knee and maybe we miss him for a while," he said. "It's difficult to say [for] how long. Maybe in the next few days we can communicate better with more specific details. Will it be more than a month? Maybe yes."
This is a significant bummer for Clinton, who was seeing not-insignificant minutes as a speedy impact substitute late in matches and who offered a different look from Spurs' starting wide midfielders. It's a tough blow for a young player with a lot of potential.
Pochettino also confirmed that Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are both still recovering and will not feature for Spurs against Southampton on Saturday. But there's good news: midfielder Mousa Dembele is apparently being assessed and may be in the frame for a return to Spurs' first team, though considering Poche's propensity to take his time reintegrating injured players into the squad, it would surprise no one if he doesn't start.
If Dembele isn't ready to go, there are a couple of possibilities. We could see Son Heung-Min come into the side with Dele Alli falling back into the pivot alongside Eric Dier. There's also an outside chance we could see Dele back in the hole with one of Tom Carroll or Nabil Bentaleb in central midfield.