Hey, remember when Nicolas Otamendi clattered Hugo right proper at the tail end of Tottenham's 2-1 win over Manchester City last Sunday? That was awesome. It was a pretty good hit, and apparently Hugo came out the worse for it. In a press conference ahead of Spurs' Europa League match this Thursday against Fiorentina, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Hugo is not in the side that will travel to Florence, and said that might also miss the FA Cup match against Crystal Palace this Sunday.
Mauricio: "In the last action at City, Hugo got a knock on his shoulder & is out tomorrow & maybe out for Sunday." pic.twitter.com/DcbUd1dYdt— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 17, 2016
Obviously, any injury to Hugo, blessed be his name, is not a good thing, but it doesn't appear to be particularly serious – Poche calls it a knock – and at any rate this might not be the worst time for him to get a little rest. Fiorentina's a good side, but Michel Vorm has ably backed up Hugo (for the most part) in his appearances in the Europa League and cups this season. At any rate, you'd rather Hugo miss out on Europa and the FA Cup than miss a crucial league match with the title on the line.
Meanwhile, Poche also confirmed that Josh Onoman and Cameron Carter-Vickers also made the flight to Florence.
If you're an American or a fan of young, exciting, up-and-coming Tottenham youth talent (or both, like me!), this should be very good news for you. There have been rumors that CCV is most definitely on Poche's radar, and that he's next in line to step up to the first team in the event of a defensive injury crisis. This would seem to corroborate that. There's no evidence that he'll start or even play, but just making the bench is a big deal.