DESK may be down to one leg. Dele Alli looks very likely to be the latest Tottenham Hotspur player to suffer an injury setback after the England international pulled up late in the second half of Spurs’ 2-1 win over Fulham.
With the score still tied in the 84th minute, Dele went down clutching his hamstring on the sideline while chasing a loose ball. He was immediately attended to by Spurs physios, and was subbed off for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou in the 86th minute.
There have not been any updates as of yet on Dele’s condition and we will update as we know more, but it sure didn’t look good. Television cameras showed Dele in the dugout on the verge of tears after his substitution, as if he knew that there was something serious wrong.
Don’t expect any major updates in Mauricio Pochettion’s post-match press conference — Poch will almost certainly say that Spurs will need to wait and see before any prognosis is made. But yikes, Dele being out for any length of time propels Spurs into full-blown crisis mode.
With Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, and Dele all injured, and Son Heung-Min absent for the Asian Games, that’s Tottenham’s top four scorers all out of action, to the tune of of 32 league goals. Moreover, you can make the case that Dele has been Spurs’ best player throughout the entirety of the season. He was being counted on to help pick up the scoring slack. Now those goals will have to come from elsewhere.
It’s a huge blow. Hopefully he’s not out long.
UPDATE: Here’s Pochettino in his press conference on Dele’s injury. It’s worse than not commenting — it’s outright depressing.
“We need to assess him but the hamstring you need to be careful, the mechanism of the injury. It doesn’t look great.”