Japhet Tanganga’s rotten luck with injuries has continued – with Jose Mourinho confirming that the young defender is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines following his most recent setback.
The 21-year-old missed the early weeks of the campaign with a muscle problem, although returned in time for the Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea at the end of September – playing the opening 70 minutes.
However, another thigh injury saw Tanganga miss a further two months of action, and he wouldn’t play again until the Europa League clash against Ludogorets in late-November.
Tanganga then played in Tottenham’s final two group stage matches against LASK and then the win over Antwerp on Thursday.
But the centre-back went down with a shoulder injury during the first-half of the game, and despite continuing to play the full 90 minutes, the Spurs boss has revealed that Tanganga is likely to miss the entire festive period, including next Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Stoke City, a game where he’d have been in with a chance of starting.
He told Football.London: “Shoulder injury vs Antwerp. No need for surgery, we believe conservative treatment will get him fit, but a couple of weeks, three weeks will keep him out.”