Tottenham Hotspur could now be without January signing Rodrigo Bentancur for the next three weeks in a fresh injury blow…
That’s according to Evening Standard reporter Dan Kilpatrick, who delivered an update on the Uruguay international to social media after he was withdrawn early during Spurs’ defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night.
“Bentancur underwent a scan yesterday after being forced off at Burnley & there are concerns he could be out for around 3 weeks,” he said.
The 24-year-old was forced off at half-time after slipping on the wet pitch at Turf Moor and is now expected to miss this afternoon’s clash with Leeds United, as well as the game against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, Everton and possibly Manchester United too.
This is an absolutely gutting blow to manager Antonio Conte and the fanbase as Bentancur had made a glowing impact since his deadline day arrival from Serie A outfit Juventus.
The Italian is also likely to be without the injured Oliver Skipp, whilst the departures of Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, leave him light on options in the engine room.
It means only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks are available in the heart of the pitch for the clash at Elland Road.
The under-pressure Conte will want to see a reaction from his side after they succumbed to a fourth defeat in five outings, leading to him questioning his own future at the club
But the chances of success in west Yorkshire are seriously hindered by this latest setback.
Bentancur started and lasted the full 90 minutes in both the defeat to Wolves and the stunning last-gasp victory over Manchester City, where he registered a total of five aerial duels won, six tackles and two key passes, via WhoScored, which only reinforces the sort of instant impression he’s made at Spurs.
Now a vital part of Conte’s starting XI, both the Italian and supporters will be hugely worried about not having him available heading into a crucial match.
The top-four is still dangling but failure to beat a struggling Leeds side could all but end their chances. Conte must be furious given his post-game comments in the week.