Tottenham injury news as Ange Postecoglou prepares to take on Liverpool on Saturday with a squad getting close to full fitness
Another full week for Tottenham on the training field goes by as they prepare to take on Liverpool in the second top of the table clash in a row. So far Ange okPostecoglou’s side have answered all the questions thrown at them but Jurgen Klopp’s side will pose possibly the sturnest test yet.
Liverpool’s last four games have all ended 3-1 and it is their goalscoring power that has propelled them up the league at this stage. They have also been the kings of the comeback, winning five times in all competitions after conceding the first goal.
Tottenham themselves have been able to react well to adversity, showing a new side to their game, and have been working with a near fully fit squad as well. It has helped Postecoglou settle down with a favourite side as well as being in a position to incorporate any returning players back in slowly.
Against Arsenal last week he handed Brennan Johnson a first start whilst keeping Richarlison and Manor Solomon on the bench alongside summer signing Alejo Veliz. Although still short in some areas across the pitch, there are certainly options for Postecoglou.
Johnson, though, had to be taken off with half and hour left of the North London Derby with a hamstring injury. However, there is not thought to be too much to worry about with the initial prognosis being just a tight hamstring rather than a more serious muscular injury, football.london understands.
He is one of several attacking injury issues Postecoglou will have to be wary of heading into the game. Fellow newcomer James Maddison was also taken off during last week’s derby. He went down clutching his knee afrer a collision in the second half and left the fanbase praying for some good news.
He played through the knock before being taken off and also appears to be in a good position to keep his place in the side after training on the grass this week, football.london has learnt. He is crucially expected to play on Saturday evening and shrugged off the blow after the game, saying: “I had a little moment when I tackled Jorginho where I jolted my knee a little bit.”
With two goals and four assists already, Maddison will be central to the success of Spurs across the season, it seems, and in the coming weeks after the international break he is expected to have some more support. Bryan Gil remains out having not yet played under his Australian coach but will be available soon after returning to the first-team fold.
He, alongside Rodrigo Bentancur, will be aiming to make the most of the upcoming Ocotber international break as he steps up his own recovery. He has been carefully managed by is now in the final stages ahead of a return. He has been back in warm-up sessions in training and videos from Hotspur Way suggest he has also been in some attacking drills.
It is still expected that a November return is likely but Postecoglou has already admitted that the Uruguay midfielder is pushing for a quicker return. In the same camp as him is Ryan Sessegnon. The versatile defender or midfielder is yet to play for Postecoglou as well but is in light training once more.
Tottenham are being extremely careful with Sessegnon due his track record with hamstring problems but is another that could be just a few weeks away at this point. Spurs are also likely to be without Giovani Lo Celso against Liverpool, though Postecoglou will give an update on the Argentine during his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
He is now back in training but hasn’t yet been selected in a matchday squad. One man that is very unlikely to be seen again this season is Ivan Perisic. He is the only long-term injury in the current squad now after his Anterior Cruciate Ligament blow picked up in training.
The Croatian is targeting a return for Euro 2024 next summer and will no longer be part of Postecoglou’s immediate plans. Postecoglou will be keen to have his players back fit sooner rather than later though as the tricky winter period approaches..