Tottenham’s first game of the new Premier League season is against Aston Villa on Saturday evening, but Mauricio Pochettino won’t have one of his new signings available – Ryan Sessegnon. The Lilywhites confirmed on Twitter that Sessegnon will miss Saturday evening’s league opener due to a hamstring problem that he picked up over the summer with England u21s.
The 19-year-old suffered the injury against Romania in June, and is now currently being assessed while rehabilitating. His estimated return date is unknown. In Sessegnon’s absence, Danny Rose is likely to start at left-back. Ben Davies is still building up his fitness following surgery on a groin injury, so he may be too short to feature.
Sessegnon’s absence is a blow for Tottenham. With Spurs big favourites to pick up all three points against Villa, it may have been a good time for Pochettino to test out some of the new signings and young talent. He’ll have to wait a little longer before seeing Sessegnon in action, however. Adrian Kajumba and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail believe the Tottenham manager will bide his time with Sessegnon’s development and won’t rush him into the starting XI.