Football.London have revealed that Alfie Devine came off with a hamstring problem in the second half of the Tottenham Under-21s clash with Everton on Friday.
Tottenham’s Under-21s fell to a 2-0 loss against the Toffees at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage on Friday, with a couple of the Spurs youngsters picking up injuries during the match.
Football.London report that Devine was one of the standout players in the clash and that the 18-year-old looked a ‘cut above’ all the other players on the pitch.
However, the teenager came off in the 78th minute of the encounter with a hamstring problem while fellow midfielder Jamie Bowden also had to be withdrawn due to an ankle injury.
Spurs U21s manager Wayne Burnett told SpursPlay after the game: “Jamie hurt his ankle. He’s gone over on his ankle which is really disappointing. He’s a key player for us. Alfie Devine has we think picked up a hamstring injury which is a real blow. We’ll have to assess them both tomorrow to see how they are.”
Football.London reveal that while Tottenham had considered keeping Devine at the club rather than sending him out on loan, they also did not want to hold back his development. The report claims that the 18-year-old is keen to play senior football this season.
Devine’s injury is set to be assessed over the coming days but Football.London state that ‘the initial signs are not good’.
It is explained that an EFL club might be willing to take the midfielder on loan if he is only expected to be out for a short time but if the injury turns out to be serious, the former Wigan youngster would have to wait until January to go out on loan.
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Unfortunately, hamstring injuries are never easy to recover from and if it is just a strain, Devine could potentially be sidelined for a month or two. Hopefully, it is not a tear, in which case the midfielder could miss a significant chunk of the season.
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