Ivan Perisic has suffered an ACL injury in training this week, and now Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the Tottenham Hotspur man is likely to be out of action for around five-to-six months.
Signed on a free transfer last summer, Ivan Perisic came to Tottenham carrying big expectations on his shoulders. It was thought the Croatian star could link up with his former manager, Antonio Conte, and provide the kind of winning mentality and experience needed to improve the Spurs squad.
The veteran provided 12 assists in all competitions during a difficult season for the Lilywhites but only managed to score one goal (Transfermarkt).
With Conte leaving the club at the end of March, it was heavily suggested that Perisic would be on his way out this summer, too. No transfer came to fruition during the transfer window, and the 34-year-old has since featured in every game under new coach, Ange Postecoglou, so far this season, registering two assists (Transfermarkt).
However, it is thought Perisic’s future is still uncertain and he was expected to weigh up a move in the summer of 2024 when his contract expires (Evening Standard).
Ivan Perisic hopes to be back by March or April
Now, it has been announced that Perisic has suffered a ‘complex anterior cruciate ligament’ injury in his right knee and will require surgery.
Thanks to Fabrizio Romano, we now know just how serious that injury is likely to be for Perisic. He said: “Ivan Perisić has torn his ACL — he will miss the next 5/6 months as Tottenham confirm.
“Perisić, fantastic professional who’ll now work hard to be back and help Spurs in March/April… then Euro 2024 with Croatia, feeling he can do it. Wishing him speedy recovery!”
Ivan Perisić has torn his ACL — he will miss the next 5/6 months as Tottenham confirm. 🚨⚪️ #THFC
Perisić, fantastic professional who’ll now work hard to be back and help Spurs in March/April… then Euro2024 with Croatia, feeling he can do it 🇭🇷
Wishing him speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/ejxUM1YOnv
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 20, 2023
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It’s never nice to hear about injuries, particularly ACL injuries as they can be so damaging to a player’s career. Perisic was contributing fairly well to the new set-up at Spurs, too, so it’s a real shame to know he will miss so much of the season.
Hopefully, he can come back and finish his work with Tottenham before heading out to Euro 2024 for what I assume would be his last international tournament.
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