Tottenham Hotspur’s injury problems just seem to keep mounting up…
Lilywhites defender Ben Davies is the latest name to be stuck on the treatment table after he was a surprise absentee for their UEFA Europa Conference League clash with Slovenian champions NS Mura on Thursday night.
It was a game that he would’ve undoubtedly featured in, having played the full 90 minutes in all of their three previous outings in Europe this campaign.
Nuno Santo has since revealed the reason behind his absence, via the club’s official website.
“Ben has a problem with inflammation on his appendix. He is being taken care of, had scans, but he was in pain. We wish that he recovers soon and can join us,” he said.
A surprise and cruel blow to the player and the squad.
Davies won’t be facing Aston Villa this afternoon, along with wing duo Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon, who are also out through injury.
The Portuguese head coach has had to contend with an array of issues since he joined the club.
Summer signing Cristian Romero arrived with a problem that he picked up during Copa America duty, Harry Kane wasn’t up to speed with his fitness, Eric Dier, Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp have picked up knocks over the last few weeks.
It seems never-ending for Nuno right now.
On the face of it, not having Davies available in the Premier League isn’t too much of a big blow but if Sergio Reguilon gets injured – after being forced to play in midweek in the Welshman’s absence – then the Spurs boss is left in a tricky predicament.
Even more so with Sessegnon, the third-choice in the role, also ruled out.
It means that someone would have to play out of position to cover, should the Spaniard pick up any problems.
Davies can also be utilised at centre-back and after being capped 67 times by Wales, he is one of the more experienced members of this squad, so his presence on and off the pitch may well be very important at times.
Given their recent poor form in the top-flight, having lost three successive heavy defeats including the north London derby, Nuno will be fuming that these injuries problems are continuing to escalate in north London.
It’s reported that the Portuguese is under intense pressure to turn things around and further injury woes will not help his cause whatsoever.