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Serge Aurier could miss Tottenham’s opening Premier League game of the season if Ivory Coast progress in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Spurs defender could return from an ankle injury for the Elephants’ quarter-final tie against Algeria in Suez this evening and if they make it through to the last-four, then Aurier will most likely be absent from Tottenham’s opener against Aston Villa on 10th August.

That’s because, even if Ivory Coast were to be knocked out in the semi-finals, a potential third-place play-off would take place on 17th July, which is just three-and-a-half weeks before Dean Smith’s side travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for their first game since their return to the top-flight.

And giving that Aurier missed 12 matches towards the end of the season with a hamstring problem and is now nursing an ankle problem, he will most likely be given extra time off after his international commitments for those respective problems to heel, on top of the usual three week break that players have.

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