Earlier this morning I posted my predicted lineup for Tottenham Hotspur’s upcoming Premier League match against Cardiff City, with the understanding that this morning’s press conference could invalidate it. The idea was that if the team news revealed a few players were ready to return to the side, it might prove my lineup wrong.
[EXTREMELY RON HOWARD VOICE] It didn’t.
TEAM NEWS: Five players continue their rehabilitation and remain unavailable.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2018
@JanVertonghen (hamstring)#COYS pic.twitter.com/9Qg6VXFaGh
That’s the bad news. The good news is twofold:
- It’s still Cardiff
- Spurs are heading into an international break after this match, which will hopefully give some of their fringe players time to heal.
Unfortunately, the reality is that Serge Aurier, Dele Alli, and Jan Vertonghen remain on the long-term injury list and we’re unlikely to see them for a while. The latest news is that Jan will be out until at least mid-November with a hamstring injury — there were reports that he was seen limping heavily while in attendance at Wembley for the Barcelona match. In fact, it sounds as though Jan tried to play through a hamstring knock and might have further injured himself as a result.
#thfc Perez on Vertonghen: "I think it was 15 minutes into the game, he got a knock in his hamstring and he was unbalanced and stretched his leg. In that action he injured the hamstring and then carried on playing for almost half an hour because he thought it was just a knock."— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) October 5, 2018
At this point, Spurs are fairly desperate for some creativity in their midfield, so let’s give Christian Eriksen a good rest, let him heal up a bit next week, and get him healthy for the trip to London Stadium to face West Ham on October 20.