Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a massive double blow ahead of their return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon…
Nuno Santo’s side are set to make the trip across the capital to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in this weekend’s early kickoff but appear likely to do so without two key starters.
Spurs star Heung-min Son missed South Korea’s World Cup qualifier clash with Lebanon on Tuesday after suffering a calf injury whilst away on international duty and according to the Evening Standard, he is not only a doubt against the Eagles but also for their London derbies against Chelsea and Arsenal later this month.
And on the same day, young Lilywhites midfielder Oliver Skipp limped off during England U21’s win over Kosovo at MK Dons this evening, as per football.london.
He was substituted with eight minutes to play with what seemed like a groin injury, something that – depending on the severity – could rule him out for a similar timeframe to Son.
“It is a concerning sight,” claimed Sky Sports pundit Matthew Upson on commentary (7th September, 20:40). “Judging by Oliver Skipp’s face, he knows it because he is feeling the inside of his left groin or thigh. It looks to be a muscular problem, which isn’t good news for Spurs.”
This will come as a gutting setback to Nuno Santo and the rest of the squad as both of these players have played a crucial role in the north London outfit sitting top of the Premier League table coming into the weekend.
Indeed, Spurs are the only side in the top-flight with a 100% win record, having defeated Manchester City, Wolves and Watford, and they are also yet to concede a goal.
Skipp has been integral in that, playing a deep midfield role in the engine room – as per WhoScored, no other player has exceeded his passing ability thus far, with the young academy gem notching an 89.1% accuracy rate.
Similarly, he leads the way for tackles per game (2.7) of any other Spurs midfielder, too.
And Son has been equally as important as he currently sits top of the goalscoring charts, scoring two of their three goals. The 29-year-old also leads the team for shots per game (3.3), proving to be their biggest threat in attack right now.
On the above evidence, Nuno will have a selection nightmare on his hands.
Can he trust Tanguy Ndombele to come straight back in for Skipp, considering he wanted to leave just over a week ago?
Who can step up in the absence of Son on the wing? Steven Bergwijn? Bryan Gil? None quite have the same effect as the talismanic South Korean.
If you add the Davinson Sanchez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso situation into the mix, then Nuno must be absolutely reeling as he heads into a weekend with an absolute nightmarish dilemma.