Juan Foyth has been ruled out until September after sustaining a ligament injury during the club’s pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich, the club have confirmed.
The defender endured a lateral ligament injury to his left ankle, per the club’s press release, as they beat the Bundesliga giants on penalties in the Audi Cup.
Foyth was already set to miss the opening two games of the campaign, against Aston Villa and Manchester City, due to suspension.
But he is now also likely to miss Premier League clashes with Newcastle United and Arsenal, with the Argentina international set to return to training in early September.
Spurs play Crystal Palace on September 14th, a potential return date for the 21-year-old.
Foyth’s injury comes at the worst possible time for the defender, personally.
Now, though, the door has been opened to both Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters to grab the opportunity that was to be handed to the Argentine.
Of course, Foyth was set to miss the opening two games but, even so, either Aurier or Walker-Peters now have a run of four encounters, maybe more, to nail down the spot.
It is heartbreaking for Foyth and while he is likely to play a major role in the club’s 2019/20 season, he could be left with his nose pressed up against the shop window through no fault of his own.
His injury could not have come at a worse time.