Japhet Tanganga has been ruled out of Tottenham’s crunch clash with Manchester United with a back injury, according to the Telegraph.
The defender, who broke into the team as a regular starter under Jose Mourinho, is understood to have suffered a suspected stress fracture in his back which could rule him out for most of the run-in.
The Telegraph’s report suggests Tanganga could return before the end of the season as he has been involved in light training, but it looks like Spurs will be without the 21-year-old for Friday’s crucial game against United.
Tanganga was used across the back four by Mourinho as the Tottenham boss looked for ways to solidify his leaky defence in the weeks before lockdown, though it’s unclear whether the young centre-back would have definitely started against United if fit.
A back line of Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies is likely to start on Friday, with Jan Vertonghen, Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon providing other options. In any case, Tanganga’s absence is a blow.