Injuries have plagued Spurs throughout the season, but they are gradually bolstering their squad with the recovered players.
Among them is their high-profile summer signing, James Maddison. The star midfielder is scheduled to make his return to action later this month.
The English international has been recovering from an ankle ligament injury since November, resulting in his absence from 10 games for the club.
Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou shared an update regarding Maddison’s return, mentioning that the player hasn’t trained with the squad. As a result, Maddison won’t be available for the upcoming weekend fixture against Manchester United.
However, there is a possibility that he could make his comeback in the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Manchester City at the end of this month, as stated by Postecoglou.
Speaking to the reporters, Ange said (via Goal):
“He’s getting closer. He hasn’t trained with the group yet. Obviously after Man United we’ve got two weeks and I’ll be hoping between the two Manchester game he’s back training with the first team as long as there’s no setbacks in that two-week window.
”No idea if he’ll be fit to face Manchester City in the FA Cup], we’ll see.
“It depends when he starts training. If he starts training early next week, potentially, but then again you have to see how they train with the first team, how they feel.
“I think we’ve got three games in that week after the Man City game so I’d hazard to say he should be him and Manor Solomon are the next two that should be fairly close after that provided there’s no setbacks.”
Maddison has had a terrific start to his Tottenham career since joining from Leicester City for a transfer fee of £40m.
The attacking midfielder has contributed directly to 9 goals in 11 Premier League appearances, scoring 3 goals and providing 6 assists.
The 27-year-old’s return would provide a significant confidence boost to Postecoglou, given that Maddison had been among the league’s best players before his injury.
Given the uncertainty over his availability against Man City, Maddison is likely to start the game against Brentford, scheduled for the beginning of February.