It’s only September, but Saturday’s match with Southampton feels almost like a must-win.
Spurs have been struggling heavily as of late. Their last three results have been a frustrating loss to Leicester City, a disappointing draw at Olympiakos, and an inexcusable League Cup defeat to Colchester United of League Two.
Thankfully, there are no new injuries to worry about before the Saints come marching in to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The team news is out.
Both injured players are new signings, so it’s a real shame that they haven’t had much of a chance to show their stuff at their new club. Sessegnon has yet to play for Spurs, and Lo Celso has only featured a couple times off the bench.
October should see both players get nearer to returning to full fitness, Sessegnon especially. Hopefully his hamstring issue, which was originally suffered this summer with the England U21’s, can be beaten soon.
Lo Celso has a hip injury, so it’s not a bad idea to be a bit more cautious with that. Hip injuries can be finicky. That being said, 6-8 weeks was the given time-frame to expect him back, and he has now been injured since September 5th. His ailment was also picked up on international duty.
The visitors have a couple injuries of their own. Moussa Djenepo has been one of Saints’ bright spots this season, but the 21-year-old misses out due to a leg injury. They could also be without keeper Alex McCarthy. McCarthy has a slight muscle injury and will be assessed before the game.
Tottenham’s lineup should look quite different from the one that started against Colchester. This game is massive, but there is also an important Champions League tie midweek when Spurs welcome Bayern Munich to North London.
No matter who is playing, Southampton is a game Spurs need to have. If they can’t pull out the win, things will get even uglier than they have been over the last week.