Tottenham dealt huge injury blow as James Maddison and Micky van de Ven ruled out until New Year
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Tottenham dealt huge injury blow as James Maddison and Micky van de Ven ruled out until New Year

Nov 14, 2023

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has confirmed that James Maddison and Micky van de Ven will be sidelined until the New Year.

Midfielder Maddison hobbled off with an ankle injury during Monday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Chelsea and has pulled out of the England squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Maddison picked up his injury during Monday's chaotic 4-1 defeat to Chelsea

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Maddison picked up his injury during Monday’s chaotic 4-1 defeat to ChelseaCredit: Getty

Meanwhile, Van de Ven was replaced in the first half after pulling up with a hamstring injury.

Ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s trip to Wolves, Postecoglou confirmed his summer signings will be unavailable until 2024 whilst providing an update on the fitness of defenders Ben Davies and Pedro Porro.

“There’s a fair bit that happened after Monday night,” the Spurs boss told reporters on Friday. “Micky with a hamstring injury we knew was fairly significant. We’re looking at a couple of months into the New Year [until his return].

“Madders is a lot worse than we first thought. It was bad the next day. Again into the New Year with him.

“With Richarlison, the operation we had kind of scheduled anyway with the international break. With him, a month out.

“We’ve got a couple of suspensions. Ben Davies is back and available. Pedro [Porro] is fine, he’s been training all week.”

Maddison has been instrumental in Tottenham’s blistering start to the season, scooping the Premier League Player of the Month award in August.

The 26-year-old has scored three goals and made five assists in 11 Premier League games for Spurs since joining for £40million from Leicester City this summer.

Tottenham pulled up sharply with a hamstring injury during the first half

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Tottenham pulled up sharply with a hamstring injury during the first halfCredit: Getty
Postecoglou continues to rue the impact on his players of Monday's defeat to Chelsea

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Postecoglou continues to rue the impact on his players of Monday’s defeat to ChelseaCredit: AFP

Postecoglou has no choice but to shuffle his pack with the busy festive period looming.

However, the Australian believes the injuries sustained against Chelsea are likely to have been influenced by the extensive VAR stoppages in Monday’s chaotic clash.

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“Absolutely,” he said when asked if VAR has been an impact in his side’s injury hell.

“I am not going to draw a direct correlation to Micky’s injury but I was half-tempted to throw some balls out there for them to kick around.

“It’s the reason we have warm-ups but if you’re going into a game, the fact there was only 47 minutes of game time the other night in whatever it was, 110, that is not ideal for the type of athletes we have out there.”

A patched up Spurs head to Molineux hoping to immediately return to winning ways ahead of the upcoming international break.


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