Tottenham Hotspur faces an injury nightmare with nine players expected to miss the upcoming match against Aston Villa.
James Maddison and Micky van de Ven are in forefront of the crisis, with both players picking up injuries against Chelsea that will see them out for a long-time.
The Dutch defender picked up a hamstring injury and although will not require a surgery, he is said to be out for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, Maddison was taken off as a precaution but his injury is more serious than initially thought and he too is set to be out until January.
Adding to the woes, Richarlison’s pelvic surgery has further depleted Tottenham’s options, with the Brazilian expected to be out for several weeks.
These absences adds to an injury list that already includes the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Manor Solomon, Alfie Whiteman, and Ivan Perisic.
The injury crisis has dented Spurs’ recent form, resulting in consecutive defeats against Chelsea and Wolves, putting an end to their impressive 10-game unbeaten streak.
Manager Ange had hoped for the international break to offer respite to his troubled squad, but instead, it has brought more bad news.
It was reported yesterday that Spurs first choice keeper Guglielmo Vicario was not going to be part of the Italian squad to face North Macedonia due to illness whereas Udogie was withdrawn after it was learned that he is suffering from a muscle problem.
Vicario is expected to recover in time before the Villa game but Udogie remains a doubt.
Amid these concerns, skipper Heung-min Son caused a concern with an injury scare during the South Korea-Singapore match.
But despite a heavy knock, Son completed the game and reassured post-match that he’s ‘fine’.
It is not going to be an easy game against a formidable Aston Villa side under Unai Emery who are currently 5th in the table and have won three of their last 5 games.
How Ange navigates Spurs through this difficult period is going to be interesting to see.