Jose Mourinho has confirmed the injury Toby Alderweireld suffered against Manchester City may mean a long-term absence for the Tottenham defender.
Alderweireld went down clutching his groin with 10 minutes remaining of Spurs’ Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday evening.
Goals from Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso ensured victory for the hosts, and Alderweireld played a key role as the defence worked hard to keep out Pep Guardiola’s men.
But now it looks like Tottenham will go into a tough run of games without the Belgian.
In his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Mourinho said he had sympathy for Alderweireld because he suffered an “important injury”.
When the reporter asked if it could be potentially long-term, Mourinho replied: “I would say so.”
That means Alderweireld is likely to miss a number of huge Premier League fixtures, including games against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester City.
He will also miss some Europa League games, but the 31-year-old might have been rested in those matches anyway.
Joe Rodon, who is not registered for the Europa League, may now step into the Premier League line-up alongside Eric Dier, with Davinson Sanchez playing on Thursday nights.