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Tottenham injury update: James Maddison, Brennan Johnson and Rodrigo Bentancur latest news and return dates


Ottenham hopes some new injury concerns suffered against Arsenal are not serious.

Spurs continued their impressive upward trajectory under Ange Postecoglou on Sunday, twice coming from behind thanks to a brace from captain Heung-min Son to draw 2-2 in a thrilling Premier League derby north of London at the Emirates Stadium.

Tottenham remain unbeaten in the top flight under their charismatic new boss, winning four from six to sit fourth and above Arsenal on goal difference – just four points behind reigning champions Manchester City at the first place. The Carabao Cup defeat on penalties at Fulham remains their only setback so far.

But the hard-fought point at Arsenal may have come at a cost as two major new injury concerns are due to be checked this week ahead of another big showdown with Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

Here is your last Tottenham injury news and potential return dates.

James Maddison

Maddison was once again the star of the show for Tottenham on Sunday, assisting Son’s two equalizers in another influential display for his new team.

However, the England playmaker suffered a scare in the second half of the derby when he suffered pain after appearing to hyperextend his right knee.

Fortunately for Spurs, Maddison was able to get up and continue after much treatment, although he was later replaced by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with 12 minutes remaining in the match.

However, it was a worrying moment for the former Leicester midfielder and he will need to be assessed this week and undergo scans to ensure there are no ongoing problems.

Injury scare: James Maddison fell holding his knee in the second half against Arsenal

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For his part, Postecoglou seemed confident that the fact Maddison was able to play suggested the injury was nothing serious, after admitting he wasn’t 100 per cent in the game anyway.

Maddison – who left the ground without the need for crutches or an ice pack – himself didn’t seem concerned, saying: “I had a little moment where I tackled Jorginho where I got a little bit shook my knee.

“You never want to play in a derby where you’re not 100 percent because it can cost the team, so I had to come off for the last little half.

“I thought the guys were great. We dug deep, showed quality… 2-2 may be a fair result in the end but we left everything aside and you can’t ask for more from the players.

Potential return date: Liverpool (H) September 30 or October

Brennan Johnson

Johnson made his first start for Spurs against Arsenal, having joined Nottingham Forest in a £47.5million transfer on summer deadline day.

It was a brilliant debut from the Wales international, who played a part in Son’s opening goal and forced David Raya into a fine save.

However, he also pulled up with a hamstring problem and was replaced by Manor Solomon shortly after the hour mark.

“Obviously, it seems like he felt something. I’m thinking hamstring, so we’ll evaluate that,” Postecoglou said.

A hamstring problem would surely keep Johnson out of Liverpool’s visit to north London, but it remains to be seen how long the 22-year-old is likely to miss, with Spurs also traveling to newly promoted Luton, before the next international break in October. .

Potential return date: October 2023

Son Heung-min

Son was sensational against Spurs, leading by example by scoring two equalizers to earn a deserved point and take his goal tally for the season to five in seven appearances – already halfway to his tally from last year.

The South Korean did not appear to suffer any fitness issues that day, although Postecoglou revealed after the match that, like Maddison, Son was not 100% for the derby.

Power up: Ange Postecoglou says Heung-min Son is not 100% for derby

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“Madders and Sonny went into the game and they weren’t 100 per cent in the game, but they got through it – which suggests to me it’s nothing serious,” the Australian said .

Son is expected to start as usual against Liverpool this weekend with no midweek Carabao Cup games for Spurs to face following their early exit.

Potential return date: Liverpool (H) September 30

Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso has only made two appearances for Spurs this season, most recently in the Carabao Cup defeat at Fulham.

The Argentine midfielder is looking to regain favor with the Postecoglou-led club after spending the last season and a half on loan at Villarreal.

However, these efforts are hampered by a leg problem which continues to limit his involvement.

Speaking ahead of the late win over Sheffield United last weekend, Postecoglou said: “Gio is still coming back.

“He had a session with us yesterday, but we won’t rush him. It was just good that he passed the session, and the plan now is to reinstate him.

It remains to be seen exactly when Lo Celso will be able to return, but if his reinstatement is successful in the coming weeks, then it seems possible that we could see him in some capacity just after the international break.

Spurst host Fulham in their first match on October 23, so that seems a possibility. Crystal Palace will then be away on the 27th.

Potential return date: After the international break

Rodrigo Bentancur

Bentancur has not played for Spurs since February, after requiring surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered against Leicester.

Fans were excited when the talented Uruguayan midfielder was recently spotted in a training video. Standard sport understands that it was not a return to training but rather a participation in the warm-up which represents the next stage of his rehabilitation program.

Bentancur then returned to individual exercises and Postecoglou said he hoped to slowly ease back into training over the coming weeks, with Spurs still targeting November for his return to action after such a long absence.

“Everyone from last week is in a good space. In terms of longer weeks, in two or three weeks,” Postecoglou said ahead of the Arsenal game.

Back in November? Rodrigo Bentancur has not played for Tottenham since February

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“Bryan Gil, Lo Celso, Bentancur, hopefully over the next few weeks they will slowly get involved in training.”

Tottenham face Chelsea, Wolves and Aston Villa in November, so one of those games could well be Bentancur’s return date.

Potential return date: November

Ivan Perišić

Perisic unfortunately won’t be back on the pitch for Tottenham anytime soon and it could well be that he has already played his last game for the club.

Out of contract next summer, the versatile Croatian veteran suffered what Spurs described as a “complex ACL injury” during non-contact training last week that required surgery.

Perisic is now expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Potential return date: Next season

Ryan Sessegnon

Injury-plagued Sessegnon suffered a further setback in July when it was revealed he had suffered another hamstring problem during pre-season training.

The left-back, who had not played for Tottenham since February due to an initial hamstring problem, subsequently underwent surgery in a bid to provide a permanent solution to the problem.

Sessegnon is yet to return to first-team training at Hotspur Way and it remains to be seen when he will be available for Postecoglou, with a chance to impress potentially resulting from Perisic’s season-ending injury.

Bad luck: Versatile left-back Ryan Sessegnon suffers hamstring injury

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Potential return date: After the international break

Bryan Gil

Gil also went under the knife in August, undergoing surgery to repair a groin injury that dashed his chances of a summer outing.

Like Lo Celso and Bentancur, Postecoglou hopes the Spanish winger can successfully return to first-team training in the coming weeks.

An October return could be on the cards for Gil, but as with the rest of Spurs’ long-term absentees, much depends on how things develop in the coming weeks.

Potential return date: After the international break

Alfie Whiteman

Academy graduate goalkeeper Whiteman suffered a serious ankle injury during training during Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Singapore in July.

He subsequently underwent surgery and may be out for many months as he continues his own rehabilitation program.

Potential return date: Later in the season

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