‘Injury expert’ Ben Dinnery has claimed that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s injury might be much more serious than initially suspected.
Hojbjerg missed Denmark’s clash against the Faroe Islands last week but the Danish FA suggested at the time that the Spurs man was expected to play a part against Scotland.
However, the former Southampton midfielder did not feature in the 2-0 loss to Scotland on Monday either.
According to Football.London, Hojbjerg picked up the injury as a result of the tackle from Mason Holgate that saw the Toffees defender being sent off last Sunday.
The 26-year-old will be a major miss for Spurs if he is not fit in time for the clash against Leeds, with the Lilywhites already without the suspended Oliver Skipp.
Dinnery, who has a background in medicine and data analysis and runs the Premier Injuries website, insisted that the Hojbjerg could have sustained ligament or cartilage damage, given the nature of Holgate’s tackle.
However, he said that the Spurs midfielder could be available on Sunday if he had just suffered a dead leg.
Dinnery told Football Insider: “If you look at the footage, it was a very high tackle. It connected with the lateral aspect of the knee, or maybe the lower thigh.
“You’re hoping that there is no ligament or cartilage damage and it is purely down to impact. It could be a dead leg.
“A lot of people dismiss a dead leg and say the player will be back in a couple of days, but that isn’t always the case.
“There are lots of examples where return to play timelines have been stretched.
“But For Hojbjerg, it is positive that he joined up with the national team. After missing the first qualifier, it was hoped that he could return against Scotland.
“We now know that he didn’t, but Denmark had already qualified so there was no need to take the risk.
“So I take that as a good sign and I wouldn’t rule him out a return for him in game week 12.”
Spurs Web Opinion
If Hojbjerg had damaged his ligament or cartilage, one would have thought that the medical team at Spurs and Denmark would have found out by now.
I am confident that the 26-year-old will start against Leeds on Sunday as I suspect he was only rested against Scotland as a precaution since Denmark had already qualified for the World Cup.
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