We’re two days away from Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to the Etihad to face defending Premier League champions Manchester City. That’s always a daunting match, Tottenham’s recent wins over City notwithstanding. And if Spurs are going to get another hilarious win over Pep Guardiola under their belts they’ll need to do it with the same depleted squad that narrowly lost at home to Aston Villa last weekend.
Spurs posted a video on social media this morning of Ange Postecoglou giving an update on Spurs’ nigh-catastrophic injury situation and... well, it’s not great, but it’s also nothing that we weren’t already prepared for. Big Ange spoke a little about Rodrigo Bentancur, who is now out until at least February thanks to a garbage late tackle from Matty Cash, and gave brief updates on both Richarlison and Pape Sarr.
Ange provides an update on team news, including the latest on Rodrigo Bentancur ️ pic.twitter.com/TAZyxHhDnY— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 1, 2023
First, here’s Ange on Lolo.
“It’s disappointing for him. I kind of saw it on the day and the outcome wasn’t great. He’ll probably miss a fair chunk of time between now and the New Year. It’s probably a couple of months for him to get back, which is disappointing for him because we all know and have witnessed how hard he has worked to get back.
“He got back playing for his country, he got his first start and he started awfully well for us. For him personally, everyone is fairly gutted but he is such a positive guy. He can’t wait to get cracking again and I’m in no doubt we will see him back as soon as possible.”
Ange is a pretty level-headed guy, at least in front of the cameras and the media, but we’ve all seen footage of him raging against calls on the sidelines during matches, so it’s not hard to picture how he must be feeling about this behind the scenes.
But the new info is about Pape Sarr, whose injury seems to be worse than anyone thought at the time. Asked about Richarlison and Pape
“Yeah, Richy’s probably the closest [to returning] to the ones who have been missing. We’re looking to get him involved in training hopefully tomorrow, and then we’ll see where he is because he’s obviously missed a fair bit. His recovery’s going well. He feels good, which is important.
“Pape’s probably a little bit behind him, we’ll just see how he goes. Out of all the injured guys they’re the two that we’re hoping to have back over the next couple of weeks. Obviously the rest of them we won’t see until the new year.”
There are a LOT of Spurs players injured or otherwise out right now, and even Ange says that it feels unusual to have 11 first team players unavailable in such a short period of time.
“No, not in such a severe way, I guess. Obviously I’ve been around for a long time, you get injuries, but the amount of injuries and a couple of suspensions at the same time, there aren’t that many periods of experience I’ve had in terms of the absences I’ve seen.
“It is what it is. Now we just have to get on with it. Certainly the guys who came in last week I was really pleased with. We’ll give them some more game time and hopefully we’ll go on from there.”
At the time of this article’s posting, Ange had just started his pre-match press conference at Hotspur Way, so it’s likely we’ll get further comments and more details soon.