Spurs have revealed that Tom Carroll picked up an injury in the Europa League match against Fiorentina.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2016
With the FA Cup Fifth Round match against Crystal Palace taking place on Sunday, followed by the second-leg of the Fiorentina tie to come on Thursday, Carroll’s presence will be missed.
Yet it may present an opportunity for a player who has been struggling to find playing time this season. Eyebrows were raised when Nabil Bentaleb failed to even make the bench against Fiorentina. Will Mauricio Pochettino give him a chance over the next two fixtures?
Bentaleb’s fall from grace has been swift. From being one of Tottenham’s most important players last season in Pochettino’s first year at White Hart Lane, he now seems to be the fifth or sixth choice central midfielder.
His contract renewal was celebrated by Spurs fans, but if Bentaleb doesn’t start getting picked soon, one can only assume that he will go the same way as other players that have fallen out of favour with Pochettino.