Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason will be assessed by medical staff today (14 September) after suffering a knee injury in the Premier League win over Sunderland. The 24 year old clashed with Costel Pantilimon in the process of scoring the only goal of the game at the Stadium of Light and faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of his injury.
The England international was replaced by Tom Carroll after being stretchered from the field in the 85th minute during the 1-0 win, Spurs' first victory on the road this season, and is now a doubt for the club's Europa League opener against FK Qarabag. Mason missed much of the club's pre-season schedule due to a knee problem and will hope this latest blow is not a recurrence of a previous issue.
"It was a great goal and he was unlucky," Pochettino said of the goal, which ended a 17-pass move from Tottenham. "We hope it's not a big problem. We will assess Mason. It was a big knock on the knee. It was a great goal and we showed how we try to play.
"I'm very pleased with the effort of our players, I thought they were fantastic," the Tottenham boss added. "The first half was an open game, full of energy from both sides and difficult to play but we fixed some problems and dominated the second half. We fully deserved the victory. We scored a fantastic goal, a collective goal. This is the way we want to play."
While Mason was left celebrating the same could be not said for Harry Kane,whose goal drought for Tottenham continued as he again failed to find the net. Kane, who scored 31 times last season, struck twice for England in the European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland and Pochettino is confident he will soon rediscover his scoring touch.
"I expect him to have another season like the last one – you must remember he didn't score for the first two months last year," he added, according to The Daily Mail. "I'm very happy with him. Harry gives his best for the team and only needs time to score again. I'm sure the goals will arrive. He's still very confident and was very happy in the changing room because we have a collective mentality."