Spurs midfielder Bentancur ruled out for the season

13 Feb 2023
Rodrigo Bentancur, Spurs

Uruguayan to undergo surgery on knee injury in new blow to north London club's top-four ambitions

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Tottenham Hotspur's top-four hopes have been dealt a fresh blow with confirmation that midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur will miss the rest of the season.

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Bentancur ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Spurs' 4-1 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday and will now undergo surgery.

The injury to Uruguay international Bentancur, who had given Spurs the lead against the Foxes, adds to a growing list of absentees for head coach Antonio Conte, who is himself recovering from gallbladder surgery.

PL stats with and without Bentancur
2022/23 With Bentancur Without Bentancur
Matches 18 5
Ave. goals for 1.9 1.4
Ave. goals against 1.6 1.4
Win percentage 61.1% 20.0%
Points/match 1.9 1.0

The numbers in the table above highlight Bentancur's importance to Spurs, with their win percentage falling alarmingly without the midfielder, while they also score fewer goals.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is currently sidelined for "maybe the next six weeks" after he suffered a knee injury during their recent 1-0 win over Manchester City, while midfielder Yves Bissouma has undergone ankle surgery.

Weekend media reports also suggest that left-back Ryan Sessegnon could miss six weeks with a hamstring problem sustained in training last week, delivering another potential injury blow to Spurs.

Conte's side lie fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Newcastle United, having played a match more.

Top-four battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester City MCI 38 +61 89
2 Arsenal ARS 38 +45 84
3 Manchester United MUN 38 +15 75
4 Newcastle United NEW 38 +35 71
5 Liverpool LIV 38 +28 67
Full table

On a positive note, Cristian Romero will be back to bolster Spurs' defence for Sunday's home derby with West Ham United.

Romero missed the Leicester defeat following his sending-off in the win over Man City for two bookable offences.

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