Tottenham Hotspur are not the first club to struggle due to injury woes and they definitely aren’t going to be the last club going through it. Sadly though, when misfortune strikes, it tends to strike hard.
No one needs to look beyond Manchester United to understand what injuries can do to a team. Having your two first-choice centre-backs, three left-backs and your first-choice right-back injured at the same time is almost unheard of.
Whilst Tottenham’s situation might not be that dire, it’s the left-wing that has taken a huge hit when it comes to the London club. Manor Solomon, Ivan Perisic, Brennan Johnson and Bryan Gil are all injured at the same time although the latter two are close to returning.
What Spurs fans will be more curious about is their long-term absentees – Rodrigo Bentancur and Ryan Sessegnon. The duo have been out since last season and Tottenham will be waiting for the duo to return.
It has emerged now according to Football. London that the duo are likely to return on November 26, 2023. It must be noted that this is a probable date and not the exact one, as that might take more time to determine.
Ryan Sessegnon: Flattering to deceive
It is hard being Ryan Sessegnon. The English youngster arrived at Tottenham with so much hype and had the talent to go along with it. He still has the ability, but time is running out for the youngster to make his mark.
Every time Sessegnon gets a run of games and starts to impress the Spurs faithful, an injury has occurred that usually keeps him out for a substantial period. This pattern has been rather frustrating.
The 23-year-old started last season like a man on a mission, making the left wing-back role his own under Antonio Conte. Ivan Perisic did rotate with him, but the former Fulham man definitely made an impression. Soon though, disaster struck yet again.
In a much more expressive team under Ange Postecoglou, Sessegnon might be given a chance on the left wing. This might be the last chance for him, as he looks to resurrect his faltering career and deliver on the initial promise.
Rodrigo Bentancur: The Uruguayan maestro
When Bentancur suffered the season-ending ACL injury back in February which has kept him out till now, he was easily the best midfielder at the club by a distance. Hojbjerg might have something to say about it but at his best, Bentancur is superb.
Since his absence, there have been players who have stepped up. The Dane has seen his role marginalized under Ange Postecoglou but the likes of Yves Bissouma, Pape Matar Sarr and Oliver Skipp have made a statement.
Despite all this, there seems to be no better all-round midfielder at the club than the Uruguayan. Partnering him with Bissouma at the base of midfield could help bring the best out of both players.
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping for the injured duo to return as soon as possible. They need Bentancur more than they need Sessegnon. However, they must ensure they take no shortcuts with either player as the duo are coming off massive injuries. Only time will tell how they return.