With the international fixtures done and dusted, Premier League action is once again set to return this weekend, with Tottenham taking on Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
The international break provided several injured players the chance to work on their fitness, with the club confirming yesterday that the likes of Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Ryan Sessegnon have all returned to first-team training.
However, there was an extremely disappointing update about Giovani Lo Celso as the club confirmed that he will be out until the end of October due to a hip injury he picked up on international duty with Argentina.
The 23-year-old picked up a knock against Chile which saw him being withdrawn from the game early in the second half.
The former Real Betis man, who came to Spurs with high expectations in the summer, is yet to start a game for the club and it looks like he will have to wait for at least a couple more months to do so.
Pochettino admitted his disappointment at Lo Celso’s injury and suggested that it will now take him more time to get accustomed to a new way of playing (Football.London).
Some Spurs fans on social media were absolutely fuming at the fact that the midfielder picked up the injury playing in a meaningless friendly.
Alright that’s enough. We should withdraw all players for international duty if it’s a friendly. I understand if it’s a qualifier or something like that but a friendly should be out of the question
— SB 🇯🇲 (@browniespurs) September 10, 2019
This is another reason why Poch needs to put his foot down like Fergie & Wenger did with their players. Lo Celso isn’t match fit or ready enough to start games at club level but starts in a meaningless international friendly which results him picking up an unnecessary injury!
— Ben Haynes (@B_Haynes10) September 10, 2019
I just realised Lo Celso will miss half our Champions League games now including Bayern Munich at White Hart Lane, ah man this club is cursed.
— LP ✈︎ (@thfclp__) September 10, 2019
4 games into the Premier League season and so far Tottenham have sustained injuries to the following players:
Giovanni Lo Celso
We are the unluckiest team in world football 😭
— Max 🌪 (@MaxTHFC_) September 11, 2019
So you’re telling me Spurs signed 4 players this summer, and out of those 4…
– Lo Celso
– Clarke (Leeds)
Back to square one 🙃
— George (@georgeachillea) September 10, 2019
Everyone blaming Spurs for Lo Celso injury. How? He started his conditioning late because of Copa America and club was managing his integration into the team. Goes to Argentina. Body isn’t quite ready, gets thrown into a tough game and gets fucked up. Cursed we may be. But blame?
— Vass Koni (@vkon1) September 10, 2019
Just realised we have to wait till November for ndombele lo celso partnership pic.twitter.com/pYIs7m4Azy
— sully (@AJout_) September 11, 2019
Lo Celso out for 2 months pic.twitter.com/T0AWtnuJjm
— Patrick Dodge (@PatrickJDDodge) September 10, 2019
Lo Celso has a hip injury… I’ve experienced an Argentinian with a hip injury before. I am prepared. pic.twitter.com/qRmTvmxGHb
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) September 10, 2019
Ban international football, burn it to the ground, and then salt the ashes. https://t.co/4UZh4iOyTQ
— Cartilage Free Captain (@cartilagefree) September 10, 2019
Spurs Web Opinion
While Lo Celso’s injury is no doubt a major blow for the side, the one saving grace is the fact that it is an area where Spurs are well stocked. Hopefully, the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli can step up over the next two months and play to the level we know they can.
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