Tottenham Hotspur will be without Giovani Lo Celso for Sunday’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho confirmed the huge injury blow ahead of his side’s trip to the London Stadium and will also be without Sergio Reguilon, who is working his way back to fitness.
When asked about Lo Celso’s recovery from a hamstring injury, Mourinho said:
“I don’t know. Not close.
“I think Reguilon next week against Wolfsberger home match.
“Not Gio. No, no, no. Gio is still a few weeks away, and of course, we need him because he gives us lots of qualities and options, and we’ve missed him for a long time.”
Will Lo Celso be a big miss against West Ham?
Lo Celso has not played for Spurs since December 2020 and has only featured for 90′ minutes once in the Premier League in the past three months.
The setback is bad news for Mourinho, with the Lilywhites travelling to West Ham at the weekend hoping to go seventh in the Premier League.
Lost for ideas?
It’s no coincidence Lo Celso’s issues have coincided with Spurs’ recent poor run of form domestically. The Lilywhites have lost four out of their past five Premier League fixtures in a row, including a humbling 3-1 defeat at the hands of defending champions Liverpool at home, with the Argentine noticeably absent.
After initially struggling under the tutelage of Mauricio Pochettino, the 21-cap Argentina international has seen his fortunes transform dramatically under Mourinho, with the Portuguese boss himself even saying that he “can be an amazing player” after he inspired Spurs to victory over Ludogrets in the Europa League back in November.
And when you take a deeper look at the numbers, it’s easy to see why he’ll be such a massive miss for Mourinho against West Ham. He ranks third for key passes per game (0.8), seventh for shots (0.8), and fifth for fouls (1.4), which shows he is a real menace in almost every area.
Together with Tanguy Ndombele, he has become a key part of the supply chain for Mourinho’s side, and his continued absence for such a long period of time will undoubtedly be a big blow.
Especially after the manger’s claim that the north Londoners “need him” involved in this campaign.
Since joining Spurs from Real Betis in 2019, Lo Celso has already missed 29 matches and is increasingly becoming another sicknote in the same ilk as Erik Lamela, which is why the ‘Special One’ should be hugely worried.
While he may not show it, there’s no doubting the fact that the former Chelsea manager will be harbouring concerns about his side’s chances of securing all three points against the high-flying Hammers.
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