Physiotherapist and sports scientist Dr Rajpal Brar has warned that Tottenham need to be careful when managing Cristian Romero’s hamstring injury, claiming the biggest concern is re-injuring the muscle following a return to action.
The 23-year-old picked up the problem on international duty during Argentina’s 0-0 draw with Brazil, after he came out of a robust challenge with Matheus Cunha clutching the back of his left leg.
The news will prove to be a headache for new Spurs manager Antonio Conte ahead of the visit of Leeds United on Sunday, as he is still fine-tuning his squad to find his preferred and best line-up.
Hamstring injuries typically come graded between 1 and 3, with the higher end of the scale yielding a more severe problem and a recovery period of well over a month.
Although Spurs have not uncovered the severity of the issue, they are likely going to want Romero back ahead of the infamous winter fixture rush which makes or breaks a club’s season.
However, Dr Brar, who provides an insight on the extent of players’ injuries, has revealed that almost a third of players re-injure the same hamstring within two weeks of their return to action.
He claims a grade one injury over takes one or two weeks to recover. Grade two takes three to four weeks and grade three can take over six weeks, depending on surgery.
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Romero has been coming into his own for Spurs in the last few games and while we need him back playing, we’ve got to be careful with how his injury is managed.
Plenty of players have been massively affected by not being looked after properly on their return, so we need to avoid that happening here.