Tottenham Hotspur has suffered yet another setback with Cristian Romero being sidelined for a month due to a hamstring injury. The Argentine defender was compelled to exit the field during Spurs’ 2-1 win against Everton on Saturday, and subsequent medical examinations unveiled the severity of the issue. Romero had recently made a comeback after serving a three-game suspension following his red card in a 4-1 loss to Chelsea on December 6.
During his pre-match press conference, Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou conveyed his dissatisfaction with Romero’s recurring absence. He mentioned that Romero’s condition is not ideal. He recently underwent a scan which revealed a hamstring strain. As a result, it is likely that he will be out for around four to five weeks. Losing him is disappointing, especially considering that we already missed him due to suspension and just had him back to stabilize things. Now, we will once again be without him for a significant amount of time. Additionally, Postecoglou gave an update on Micky van de Ven, another center-back who got injured during Tottenham’s loss to Chelsea in the first half. He has been sidelined since then. The manager is optimistic about the return of the Dutchman next month. He mentioned that he is getting closer and there is a possibility of seeing him in January, perhaps for the match against Man United on the 14th. However, the manager prefers not to determine a specific comeback date until he observes the Dutchman training with the team. Currently, he is not part of the group and won’t be involved this week. It is certain that he is nearing the end of his recovery, so it is likely that he will be available by the middle of January. Nevertheless, how he will be utilized after such a long absence will depend on his condition and progress. Besides the worries over their injured players, Tottenham will also have to manage without their captain Son Heung-min, as he will be leaving to join the South Korea team for the Asian Cup. Son’s last game before he goes on international duty is anticipated to be the home match against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.