Tottenham have been handed a major injury blow after Nacer Chadli suffered suspected ankle ligament damage during Spurs' 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Saturday (17 October). The winger, who has been one of the north London club's best players this season, started the game against the Reds, but was stretchered off just eight minutes into the first half.
According to the Daily Mail, the Belgian international will be sidelined for at least four weeks after scans confirmed the extent of the injury. Chadli has played in 10 out of the 11 games the White Hart Lane outfit have played this season in all competitions and has been one of the key players for Mauricio Pochettino this campaign. Chadli conveyed his gratitude to the fans though his official Twitter account and is confident that he will come back stronger.
The 26-year-old winger, who can also operate in midfield, is expected to miss crucial clashes in the Europa League against Anderlecht and the north London derby against Arsenal. The Argentine manager, who indicated that it was an ankle ligament injury following the game on Saturday, will be hoping that the damage is not too severe.
"We need to assess tomorrow and after tomorrow we will know more. Maybe it's a problem in his ankle ligaments but we hope it is not a big, big issue. After the game it was painful and in the next 24 or 48 hours we will be able to see better how the injury is," Pochettino said after the 0-0 draw against Liverpool, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Pochettino is already facing a minor injury crisis at the club, with midfielders Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and summer arrival Heung-Min Son sidelined with injuries. The former duo have missed the north London club's last seven games with a bruised knee and ankle injury. The South Korean international, on the other hand, was in top form when he suffered a foot injury, which has seen him miss the last three games.