Tottenham Hotspur may have been dealt one devastating blow ahead of their return from international duty next week.
In their last Premier League outing, a late 1-0 victory over West Brom, resurgent midfielder Tanguy Ndombele came off injured just after the hour mark despite showing glimpses of his £55m quality.
It probably wasn’t a move that Jose Mourinho would have wanted to make with the Frenchman starting six of their eight league outings so far this season.
Ndombele was in cruise control at the Hawthorns, recording four key passes from 26 accurate attempts as well as pulling off a successful dribble, per SofaScore.
After a rocky start to life in north London, the former Lyon star has come on leaps and bounds this season under the Special One, who has noted this already.
He believes his box-to-box enforcer is merely scratching the surface despite many impressive showings, he said: “I still think he can do better. His potential is huge.”
However, Spurs may be without the £36m-rated beast when they return to action in just over a week’s time, against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Football.London reporter Alasdair Gold told fans in his weekly YouTube show that his ankle knock “didn’t look good” for him as it originally looked like the “worst thing ever” when he hit the deck. He also suggested that Ndombele appeared to be in a lot of pain, claiming the midfielder was “shrieking.”
This would be a killer blow as the “phenomenal” Ndombele has played a key part this campaign, Mourinho said after the EFL Cup win over Chelsea that he was “playing amazing.”
Without him, there’s a chance that Harry Winks is recalled back into the starting XI. He has been wholly underwhelming so far this season, so that’s not what Spurs need.
Hopefully, Ndombele recovers during the final week of this international break, in time for a mega clash against City.