Scans have revealed no damage to Harry Winks’ ankle ligaments after the midfielder hobbled off in Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Winks stayed down after a challenge midway through the first half at Wembley and was subsequently substituted at half-time.

As a result, the 21-year-old has been forced to withdraw from the England squad and will play no part in the friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Winks damaged ankle ligaments last season and was ruled out for several months. Thankfully, that isn’t the case this time around according to Sky Sports.

If it’s only a twist, then there’s a good chance he will be available for the North London derby against Arsenal in just under two weeks’ time.

Mauricio Pochettino is clearly a huge fan of Winks, who has been preferred to Mousa Dembele in central midfield on numerous occasions so far this season.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane has also been ruled out for England. Hopefully it’s just a precaution and he will be available for the Arsenal game.




  1. I think these friendlies have come at a really poor time. November seems to be a month of injuries
    linked to weather change and excessive game runs (more than normal) for top PL players. As much as I
    would love to see Kane, Alli and Winks etc. strut their stuff against Brazil and Germany in any other circumstances, Spurs’ recent run against top clubs has been as much a mental test as a physical one.
    As a result, these young players need a break (but not an ‘international break’ with little for them and other England players to play for) and I’m glad this pull-out gives them time to hopefully recover before the Arsenal game. This isn’t about club before country’s about common sense.

  2. I think it must be obvious now to the powers that be the capacity of the new Spurs stadium must be enlarged to at least 65,000. Very soon if not already we will be in the top five footballing venues in Europe, that must be reflected in the size of our stadium.
    The other important issue is the upgrading of Northumberland Park station to accommodate Victoria Line trains. No doubt TFL is hoping Spurs will pay for the upgrade; then pay and take a percentage cut of the passengers on match day!

    • Unfortunately TFL have already ruled out a Victoria Line extension but it wouldn’t take much doing as the sidings for the Victoria line lie right along side Northumberland Park Stn, can’t be that expensive to build a single platform in the sidings and run say every 3rd northbound train into the new station on match days only. Give Sadiq a ring he’s doesn’t seem to be doing much, and it looks like the ground will probably be finished before WHL station is upgraded so getting away after the game will be a nightmare for some fortunately for me I am fairly local .

  3. In hindsight a larger stadium would have been a better option. I don’t think Spurs expected such large crowds at Wembley, the average being over 70,000 in the PL & CL. The reality is that now the stadium is nearly up extending it would be impossible. What we do know is that every game in the new WHL will be a sell-out.

  4. Problem with a larger stadium is distance from pitch, although atmosphere at Wembley is pretty good nowhere near that of WHL and hopefully new ground will be same as WHL . Think you are right about sell outs , according to latest figures on Spurs website there are 41033 season ticket holders ad 98892 members so after talking into account hospitality seats (8000) and away fans(3000) looks like only about 9000 seats per game available to members

  5. I think more ‘casual’ Spurs fans are going regularly to Wembley, but wouldn’t perhaps
    go consistently to the new ground. 61,000 seems a decent capacity to me. But I agree
    that White Hart Lane remains one of the hardest grounds to get to via public transport.
    And you can forget driving.


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