Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that key players James Maddison and Micky van de Ven will be sidelined until 2024 due to injuries sustained in Monday evening’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
In the match against Chelsea, both Maddison and Van de Ven were forced to leave the field in the first half after suffering injuries. Maddison, who has been influential for Tottenham this season, left the pitch with an ankle issue after going down in the Chelsea box without any contact just before half-time. On the other hand, Van de Ven pulled up with what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury after racing back towards his own goal.
The absence of these two players is a significant blow to the Lilywhites, who have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign. Postecoglou acknowledged the impact of losing such key players over the next couple of months.
“Two influential players for Tottenham so far this season, the duo will be huge losses for the Lilywhites over the next couple of months as they look to maintain their excellent start to the campaign,” said Postecoglou.
In addition to Maddison and Van de Ven, Tottenham will also be without Richarlison for a month, as he underwent surgery on his groin on Thursday. Postecoglou provided an update on the injury front during his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves.
Postecoglou stated, “If I can go through them… Micky Van de Ven with a hamstring injury we knew was fairly significant. Probably a couple of months for him – looking into the new year.”
He continued, “Madders, a lot worse than we thought. He came off with the ankle injury, but the next day wasn’t great, so we sent him off for a scan. So again not great for him and probably into the new year for him.”
As for Richarlison, Postecoglou mentioned, “Richy had the operation, which we’d kind of scheduled anyway because Richy has been battling with it from day one and we thought with the international break coming up, we thought it would be a good time to get it done. He should only be a month if everything goes well, so not too long after the international break.”
Despite these setbacks, Postecoglou remains focused on the challenges ahead, stating, “They’re the main ones; obviously, we have a couple of suspensions as well. Davies is back and available. Porro’s fine.”
In light of the recent injuries and setbacks, Tottenham will need to regroup and find solutions to maintain their positive momentum in the Premier League.