Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that star defender Cristian Romero has suffered a hamstring injury which will keep him out for 4 to 5 weeks.
This comes as a massive blow for Spurs who were starting to return to their form after injuries had derailed their terrific start to the season.
Romero, a pivotal force in Spurs’ defensive line, was substituted during the Everton clash at half-time after experiencing tightness in his hamstring.
However, Tottenham fans were given a ray hope when a report from Standard Sport claimed that Romero is expected to make a swift return to the starting lineup against Brighton.
The report said that the player will undergo a late assessment but is expected to be fit to start against the Seagulls.
But Postecoglou has dashed those expectations with the news of the Argentinean’s extended absence. He confirmed that Romero will be out for four to five weeks.
Speaking ahead of the game against Brighton, he said (via Football London):
“It’s not so great with Romero. He had a scan the other day. He’s got a hamstring strain. So we’re looking at probably four weeks, five weeks for him.”
His injury would mean Spurs will be in the same boat as they were after the Chelsea defeat earlier in the season.
In the absence of Romero and van de Ven, they went 5 games without a win.
With two crucial games remaining before the transfer window opens, securing defensive reinforcements stands as a priority for the Spurs manager to address the imminent void in the lineup