Injury expert Ben Dinnery, who has a background in medicine and data analytics and runs the Premier Injuries website, has backed Tottenham’s decision to send Japhet Tanganga off for surgery.
Tanganga showed some promise playing in the right centre-back role in Cristian Romero’s absence early into Antonio Conte’s time at Spurs.
However, the 22-year-old has been out of action since the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League in mid-January with a knee problem (Transfermarkt).
Tottenham confirmed last week that the defender had gone under the knife and that he would be out of action for the remainder of the season.
Conte admitted that the medical department at Spurs tried hard to find a solution for Tanganga but decided in the end that surgery was the best option (Football London).
Ben Dinnery believes that the length of the Tottenham defender’s absence points to meniscal or cartilage damage, and backed the player to return during pre-season ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Dinnery told Football Insider about Tanganga: “This has been an ongoing problem going back to January that has kept him sidelined.
“But it was being managed prior to that as well. That’s an indication that we’re probably looking at meniscal or cartilage damage.
“That can be managed conservatively. The hope would have been to wait to the end of the campaign and then address that then.
“That hasn’t been the case. But the fact that they have looked at it that way up until this point suggests that he wasn’t progressing as hoped.
“They have made that critical decision now so he can hit the ground running and be ready for next season.”
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Let’s hope that the surgery sorts out Tangagan’s knee issues for good and that the defender is able to remain fit for a full season. The youngster has been extremely unlucky with injuries since breaking into the first team two years ago, and it would be a shame not to see him fulfil his potential at Spurs.
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