Christian Eriksen has been Tottenham Hotspur’s iron man during his career in north London, but he is slated to miss Spurs’ trip to Huddersfield this weekend. Team news released by the club says that he is one of four players that will not make the trip to Yorkshire to face the Terriers, along with goalkeeper duo Hugo Lloris & Michel Vorm, and wing back Serge Aurier.
TEAM NEWS:— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 27, 2018
Hugo Lloris (thigh): continuing on-field conditioning, unavailable. @Vorm_Official (knee): continuing rehab, unavailable. @ChrisEriksen8 (abdomen): undergoing rehab, unavailable. @Serge_Aurier (thigh): injury sustained last night, undergoing assessment. #COYS pic.twitter.com/foTCDwwN0m
Eriksen hasn’t missed a Spurs match due to injury since the 2015-16 season, and has only missed nine matches due to injury since joining the team in 2013. So we can forgive him for picking up a knock only because it happens so infrequently. That also creates an opportunity for Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, who both played in yesterday’s League Cup win over Watford, to rejoin the starting lineup. Thankfully, Pochettino suggested that Eriksen’s injury is only a “small problem” and that he won’t miss much time, but then again we’ve heard THAT particular phrase before and we know Poch doesn’t take chances with the health of his players.
If the team news holds, then Paulo Gazzaniga is set for his third straight start in goal for Tottenham, but hold the phone! In his pre-match presser today, Mauricio Pochettino said that there’s still a chance Hugo will be ready by Saturday’s match.
#thfc Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen’s injury is only a small problem. He hopes he’ll be able to play against Barcelona next week. He’s also said Hugo Lloris has a chance of facing Huddersfield this weekend (club team news said he’s out). He’s being assessed.— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) September 27, 2018
As for Serge Aurier, the prognosis doesn’t look good after he left the pitch late in the League Cup match yesterday and went straight down the tunnel after Spurs had made all three of their substitutions. Pochettino reserved judgement and as per usual didn’t give a whole lot of details, but was unusually candid in his post-match interview when speaking about Serge:
“I don’t believe so. [Inhales sharply] In a cross he felt his quad. Tomorrow we’ll see, but it’s not a good thing.
The trip to Huddersfield will be the away match in seven league games for Tottenham, but Spurs should be well favored against a Huddersfield team that is currently bottom of the Premier League with just two points.