Alasdair Gold thinks ‘it might be a bit tight’ for Spurs star to return for PL opener

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Football.London journalist Alasdair Gold has claimed Ben Davies may not be fit enough in time for the club’s Premier League opener against Southampton. 

Davies has endured a disrupted pre-season so far, mustering just 40 minutes of action after suffering an ankle injury while on the club’s tour of South Korea. 

The Wales international landed awkwardly after contesting an aerial duel against Sevilla and was later seen in a protective boot (Evening Standard), which then kept him out of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Rangers. 

However, Spurs coach Antonio Conte admitted he was hopeful Davies, who recently penned a contract extension, had not picked up anything too serious (Football.London).

Gold has confirmed Conte’s hopes of a return for the 29-year-old against Southampton on August 6 but added the timing may be a ‘bit tight’ as it currently stands. 

He said on his YouTube channel: “Conte hopes he’ll be ready for the first game. It might be a bit tight, from what I’m hearing, but we’ll see how that goes. You never know. Maybe the new contract will boost his recovery.”

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It seems to be a bit touch and go regarding Davies for the first game but that is why the likes of Clement Lenglet have been brought in. 

It won’t be ideal for Conte given Davies was one of his most improved players under him last season, but the injury doesn’t seem to be too serious at this point. 

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