Tottenham Hotspur have received a gutting injury setback this week…
Ahead of their Premier League encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon, interim head coach Ryan Mason delivered a fresh update on the situation surrounding left-back Ben Davies.
He told reporters in his pre-game press conference, via the club’s official website:
“Ben is the only player who hasn’t trained [with the group], I’ll be honest, I’ll be surprised if he’s in contention for any of our remaining three fixtures.
“Ben was out on the training pitch today doing some individual work and hopefully he’ll progress over the next few days and next week. It’s too early to make a decision on the Euros but I’m sure Ben feels confident about that.
“We just know because he’s been out for such a long time that it’s not realistic to expect or think that he will return to training and will be playing for us in the next 10 days.”
This will come as devastating news to Mason as he’s likely to be without one of his key players for their final three matches and with Spurs still in the race for the top four, it could certainly prove to be a huge blow.
A win over Wolves today would see the North Londoners leapfrog local rivals, West Ham, into sixth place and that would put them just five points behind the top four, with six points left on offer.
Champions League qualification could prove to be out of reach but if Mason guides his side to three wins from three, then a place in the Europa League should be confirmed.
Davies may well be sat behind Sergio Reguilon in the pecking order, having started only 14 times in the Premier League compared to the Spaniard’s 23 starts, but had he been fit, then you’d imagine he’d have started a lot more recently.
And that’s because Reguilon’s form has fallen off a cliff since his return from injury.
The 24-year-old has just not looked the same player after a muscle problem ruled him out of some key games against Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea across the end of January and the start of February.
Wolves may be without Raul Jimenez this season but their threat from wide areas cannot be understated and if Reguilon endures another tough outing, then it’s only going to make it harder for Mason and his defence.
He really could have done with the vast experience and the defensive qualities of Davies heading into these crucial matches.