Tottenham boss Nuno Santo has dropped a frustrating injury update ahead of the club’s Premier League clash with Wolves today.
Joe Rodon is yet to feature for Spurs in a competitive match this season due to injury and Santo has now confirmed that he will be unavailable for selection against Bruno Lage’s team on Sunday.
The Portuguese head coach has admitted that it is a disappointing blow as the defender needs to get minutes under his belt.
“Joe missed the game (at Pacos de Ferreira), and that was disappointing for us because he’s one of the players who needs to play, who needs to get real competition time. He’s better, but not well enough to join us on Sunday.”
As Santo says himself, Rodon is in need of regular game time and Spurs fans will surely be annoyed that he continues to watch on from the sidelines.
Instead of getting the vital experience that he needs, he continues to sit in the stands with an injury watching others get their chance.
The Welsh international has shown signs of having the potential to be a very good player at Premier League level, but his opportunities have been few and far between since arriving from Championship side Swansea.
“He looks like a proper Spurs player, a centre-half, nothing fazes him, he put his head in when needed. You have to be comfortable on the ball because you want to control the game.
“I like that he gets up straight away and gets on with it because that tells me he is hard enough.”
He only made 12 appearances (eight starts) in the league for Spurs last season, averaging an impressive SofaScore rating of 6.97. The 23-year-old won 73% of his duels and was only dribbled past once in 12 games, whilst making 1.8 interceptions per match.
This shows that he has the potential to be a reliable performer at the top level, but that is of no use to Spurs if he is not getting out on the pitch because of injuries.
Fans will be hoping that his issues clear up in the weeks to come and that he is able to get himself into a position where he can challenge for the starting XI.