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Tottenham’s Solomon targeting late January FA Cup match for return from injury

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We’re at the point in the season where all of Spurs’ injured players are now beginning to slowly round back into fitness. Micky van de Ven is back in training, Ryan Sessegnon got his first match minutes in nearly a year last weekend, and now Manor Solomon has his eye on a return date.

According to Dan Kilpatrick in the Evening Standard, Solomon has nearly fully recovered from his early season knee injury and is hoping to be fit enough for selection by Tottenham’s FA Cup match against Manchester City on January 27. Solomon, who injured his knee while training in early October such that it required surgery, is expected to return to training by next week. That means he’ll miss out on selection for this weekend’s match against Manchester United, and makes the City FA Cup tie the next available match.

Gonna be honest here and say that I’m still not sold on Manor Solomon, but with the rather large caveat that we hardly got a good look at him before he got injured. What he does provide is depth, especially at the left wing position — that’s important considering Son Heung-Min is out until probably early February at the Asian Cup. A healthy-ish Manor Solomon, along with new signing Timo Werner, can provide rotation and rest for Brennan Johnson, who has played pretty much every minute available the past month or so. Bryan Gil, meanwhile, is linked with a loan away from Spurs this month.

I still don’t know if Manor Solomon is good, but what I know is that he’s very close to being healthy and at this point I’ll take it, considering Spurs’ ongoing injury crisis. And who knows, maybe he’ll prove me wrong. That’d be neat. I like it when that happens.