December 18, 2023

Tottenham remain dogged by a lengthy injury list as they enter the frantic festive period.


Spurs have experienced an on-pitch turnaround over the last week after a thumping home win over Newcastle was followed by Friday’s 2-0 victory at Nottingham Forest, but still Ange Postecoglou cannot catch a break in terms of his absentees.


Brennan Johnson was forced off in the meeting with his former club at the City Ground, while Yves Bissouma may not play for Tottenham again now until February with his latest suspension followed by a trip to the Africa Cup of Nations. Destiny Udogie will also now serve a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards.


Spurs host resurgent Everton next on Saturday before a tricky December 28 trip to Brighton, closing out 2023 against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.


Here is all the latest Tottenham injury news and potential return dates.


Brennan Johnson

Johnson’s return to Forest was an unhappy one, forced off after just 32 minutes after sustaining a head injury during a collision with Willy Boly.


However, Postecoglou confirmed after the game that he had avoided a concussion and was dealing with a nasty gash that shouldn’t lead to him missing any time.


“He should be ok,” the manager said. “He’s just got a nasty cut to his head. Nothing that should keep him out. No concussion, just a cut on his head.”


Potential return date: Saturday December 23, vs Everton


Giovani Lo Celso

Lo Celso has come back into favour at Spurs of late amid their midfield injury strife, though did not play against Forest due to a slight injury sustained during training.


Postecoglou has insisted that the issue is nothing serious, but the Argentine is thought to remain a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Everton.


Perhaps the Brighton or Bournemouth games will herald Lo Celso’s return instead.


Potential return date: December 2023





James Maddison

The England playmaker has not featured since suffering an ankle injury in the chaotic London derby defeat by Chelsea on November 6.


A follow-up scan revealed how serious the problem was, and Maddison is not anticipated to return until the New Year, much to her annoyance.


Possible date of return: January 2024


Micky van der Ven

Similar to Maddison, Van van Ven had to leave the game against Chelsea due to a hamstring injury.


Nonetheless, he appears to be recovering well; rumors have it that he has started jogging outside.


Possible date of return: January 2024



Rodrigo Bentancur Tore his ankle ligament during the 2-1 home loss against Aston Villa on November 26, making his eagerly anticipated comeback from a serious knee injury from the previous season incredibly fleeting.


Postecoglou said that the Uruguayan would probably be out for several more months, so it’s likely that we won’t expect him back until early February.


Possible date of return: February 2024


Ivan Perisic

Perisic had a catastrophic ACL injury while training back in September, and it is unlikely that he will play again this season.


The summer contract of the Croatian international is up, and it’s possible that he’s played his last game for Tottenham.


Possible time of return: 2024 summer



Ryan Sesegnon

Due to persistent hamstring issues, Sessegnon’s last Spurs game was in February.


Although it was thought that Sessegnon had resumed light training, Postecoglou disclosed earlier this month that Sessegnon had experienced “a number of setbacks” and declined to provide an estimated time of return.


Potential return date: Unknown




Manor Solomon

Summer signing Solomon has been out since undergoing knee surgery at the start of October.


Spurs recently released images of the forward continuing his rehabilitation by himself in the gym, and he is not expected to return until January at the earliest.


Potential return date: January 2024


Ashley Phillips

Defender Ashley Phillips picked up an ankle injury during the international break last month.


Postecoglou confirmed at the time that Phillips was likely to be out for a month, with that timeframe meaning he is in a race to return to action before the end of the year.


Potential return date: January 2024

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