Premier League giants Spurs have today been dealt a hammer blow on the injury front, after it was confirmed that Heung-min Son has suffered a fractured arm.
Tottenham leave it late
Jose Mourinho’s men visited Villa Park on Sunday afternoon, for their latest Premier League outing.
The Lilywhites headed into proceedings on the back of an upturn in form before the winter break, having first put Manchester City to the sword, before securing their spot in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
And, when all was said and done on Sunday, Spurs’ resurgence continued.
A drama-filled meeting with Aston Villa eventually saw the north Londoners emerge with all 3 points, courtesy of a 3-2 win.
After Toby Alderweireld had made up for an early own goal by finding the net at the other end to draw Tottenham level, Heung-min Son turned the clash on its head on the stroke of half-time.
Bjorn Engels then pulled Villa level following the interval, before Son again came up trumps deep into injury-time, to secure a crucial victory in Spurs’ hunt for a top-4 berth.
Highlights: Aston Villa 2-3 Spurs
The Lilywhites’ latest win, however, came at a cost.
As outlined above, Tottenham have this afternoon confirmed that their match-winner at Villa Park, Heung-min Son, actually suffered a fractured arm during the clash.
This is set to see the South Korean forced under the knife this week, ahead of ‘a number of weeks’ on the sidelines:
‘Heung-Min Son is to undergo surgery this week after sustaining a fracture to his right arm.
The South Korea international suffered the injury during our win against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son’s rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks.’
If the latest comments of Jose Mourinho are anything to go by, though, then Son in fact looks likely to be out of action for months, rather than weeks.
Speaking in a press conference a short time ago, the Spurs boss revealed:
‘In terms of how long I’m going to miss him, Simon [Tottenham’s head of communications] found a very nice way to write the statement but if I was to write the statement, I’d write different energy. You can understand what I mean. So we’ll miss him, according to Simon, for a number of weeks.’
When asked directly if he expects Son to play again this season, Mourinho explained:
‘I don’t. If he plays one or two games it’s because [Simon] is very optimistic and I hope he’s right. But in my mind, no, I’m not thinking about that.’
Quotes via the Evening Standard