After Rodrigo Bentancur was withdrawn with what appeared to be a serious knee injury in yesterday’s defeat at Leicester City, news coming out of Bentancur’s native Uruguay has practically confirmed that the midfielder’s injury is actually a serious rather than just a ‘serious-looking’ one.
Indeed, this morning, Federico Buysan of Urguyuan outlet El Pais confirmed that his compatriot had undergone an MRI scan at Tottenham today that confirmed the club’s worst fears: that Bentancur had torn his cruciate ligament and would be facing a spell of 6 months on the sidelines, ruling him out for the season, as seen below:
⚽️ ROTURA DE LIGAMENTOS CRUZADOS.
Esta mañana Rodrigo Bentancur se hizo una resonancia en la rodilla tras este choque ayer ante el Leicester.
➡️ La recuperación será larga, mínimo 6 meses.
— BUYSAN (@Buysan) February 12, 2023
Buysan’s bleak news was reinforced by further reports coming out of Bentancur’s homeland, with El Observador confirming that Bentancur will undergo an operation ‘in the next few hours’ in order to rectify his recently-obtained injury.
With Yves Bissouma himself facing a few weeks on the sideline after undergoing surgery of his own on a stress fracture in his ankle, Spurs can seldom afford any more injuries in midfield. Even with Bentancur fit, the midfield area has been one of Spurs’ major weaknesses this season, and yesterday was a prime example of the team being made to pay for deficiencies in this area.
Oliver Skipp and Pape Sarr are promising prospects but I do not think either is of sufficient quality to fill in the gaps for Bentancur. Nevertheless, they both have my full support while they’re here, and here’s hoping the Uruguayan has a productive recovery period before coming back stronger next season.
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