Key Tottenham star forced off injured in his final World Cup group game

Tottenham Hotspur star Rodrigo Bentancur picked up an injury during Uruguay’s World Cup game against Ghana today, and it is currently unknown how serious it may be.

Bentancur joined Spurs in January of this year for an upfront fee of just £15.8 million (Sky Sports) and has been one of the stand-out performers over the last 12 months for the club.

Rodrigo Bentancur
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This season in particular, the Uruguayan has taken his performances up a notch, and has added goals to his game, too. Bentancur has five goals already this campaign (Transfermarkt), including dramatic, match-winning goals against Bournemouth and Leeds United in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old was looking to carry that form into the World Cup in Qatar, and while Uruguay have struggled in the group stages, Bentancur has impressed many with his dynamic displays in the tournament.

Unfortunately, despite beating Ghana in their final group game today, Uruguay will not be progressing to the knockout stages of the World Cup. South Korea stunned Portugal with a late winner to seal their place as runners-up in Group H, leaving Uruguay in third place.

For Bentancur personally, the day was tarnished long before the final whistle, after he was replaced in the 34th minute due to an injury. He was seen sitting on the pitch receiving treatment shortly after Uruguay’s second goal and was substituted soon after.

Bentancur could also be seen with his head in his hands, and was visibly upset to be leaving the field, though that could be simply because he didn’t want his involvement in the game to end. It is unclear just how severe the injury is at this stage.

The official Tottenham Hotspur Twitter account tweeted a picture of Bentancur with the caption: “Rodrigo is withdrawn from the game with an injury. Wishing you the best, Lolo.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Rodrigo Bentancur has been the beating heart of the Spurs team so far this season, and if he is out for a long period of time it would be a real blow to our hopes for the second half of the campaign. Fingers crossed it’s nothing too serious, and he can get back to North London soon and get the treatment he needs.

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