Tottenham confirm that Serge Aurier has ‘undergone surgery’ on an injury that he picked up on international duty with Ivory Coast. The 26-year-old damaged his hand at the African Cup of Nations and is now taking part in non-contact training before he’ll rejoin the first-team.
His absence is a blow, but Mauricio Pochettino still has Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth to call upon at right-back. Kieran Trippier’s surprise move to Atletico Madrid gave the Tottenham manager a selection headache in defence, but it appears Foyth will be first-choice on the right in 2019/20.
As for Aurier, he’s looked more likely to be sold than given a starting role in the side. The 26-year-old was made available for sale this summer when Spurs were in the market for Max Aarons and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but their failure to bring in a new right-back could now see him stay.
Since joining the club in 2017, Aurier has made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 12 goals. He was surplus to requirements last season, however, making just eight Premier League appearances, which suggests he could spend the upcoming season on the periphery.