Speaking in a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, the football.london journalist revealed that, following the 1-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday, the central midfielder looked to be in a great amount of pain after picking up a knock towards the end of the match – something that could be a cause for concern ahead of this weekend’s final day fixture.
Regarding the 24-year-old’s condition, Gold said: “I watched some of the tunnel footage after the game – I saw Bentancur was limping, he took a big whack towards the end. He was in a lot of pain. I think it might have been his knee, he did have a knee issue before. But I watched him in the tunnel footage limping like he’d been shot.”
Considering how important a part of the Tottenham side Bentancur has already proven himself to be following his £21.5m move from Juventus at the start of the year, the fact that the Uruguay international could be struggling for fitness ahead of what is undoubtedly Spurs’ most important game of the season is sure to have left Antonio Conte sweating.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances this term, the £42.5m-rated midfielder has been in breathtaking form, registering two assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 52.1 passes, 1.1 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 2.0 clearances and winning 5.1 duels – at a success rate of 53% – per game.
These returns have seen the £75k-per-week talent average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.15, ranking him as Spurs’ joint fourth-best performer in the top flight of English football.
As such, it is clear for all to see that being without the services of Bentancur for a game in which Tottenham must better Arsenal’s result against Everton in order to qualify for the Champions League would come as a huge blow to Conte, as the 24-year-old has formed an incredibly effective partnership with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the heart of the Italian’s side.