The news has gotten worse for Clinton N'Jie. Just days after Mauricio Pochettino said that he will be out "a while" due to a knee injury, the club reported today that the Cameroonian winger has had surgery to repair his knee and will be out indefinitely.
The Cameroon forward sustained the injury during our Europa League victory against Monaco.
Our medical staff will monitor Clinton's progress during his rehabilitation to determine when he will be ready to return to training
There aren't very many details in the release, which is typical when a player gets injured. Clinton injured his knee in Tottenham's 4-1 win over Monaco in the Europa League after a challenge by Jeremy Toulalan.
Sky Sports understands (!) that Clinton tore his MCL, and if that's right, that's a heck of a lot better than tearing his ACL. The fact that he needed surgery suggests it was a nasty tear, but a quick Google suggests that even a major tear doesn't have THAT long of a recovery time.
A minor, or grade 1, MCL tear can take from a few days to a week and a half to heal sufficiently for you to return to normal activities, including sports. A grade 2 tear can take from two to four weeks to heal. A grade 3 tear usually takes from four to eight weeks to heal, unless it is associated with damage to the ACL, in which case the recovery time may be longer.
I'm not a doctor, obviously, so this is all pure conjecture and should not be used as a substitute for an actual diagnosis. It sounds like even with a best case scenario Clinton will be out for 1-2 months and possibly quite a bit longer, plus fitness recovery. It's a real shame, as even though Clinton was very raw, he was one of Harry Kane's two possible back-ups and was getting not-insignificant minutes as a reserve attacker. This is obviously a major setback for him, and we wish him the best in his recovery.