Tottenham Hotspur look set for a defensive struggle going forward after Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld suffered a serious looking groin injury in the 2-0 win over Manchester City yesterday.
The 32-year-old appeared to pull a muscle when taking a free-kick and Jose Mourinho is already concerned over the severity of the problem.
So what should Tottenham do in his absence?
The easiest solution would be to slot Davinson Sanchez alongside Eric Dier at the heart of defence. The £42 million (Guardian) defender is the clear standout candidate to replace Alderweireld.
However, the 24-year-old is in a terrible run of form, which continued with a dismal performance with the Colombian national team over the international break.
Sanchez, it seems, needs some time out of the first-team, at least temporarily and that means Tottenham should turn to summer recruit Joe Rodon or returning injury victim Japhet Tanganga to partner Dier.
Rodon is green at this level but the club clearly have high hopes for his future but Tanganga would bring some much-needed pace to the heart of defence that Tottenham crave.
Either option, at present, would be preferable to Sanchez whose confidence looks shot and needs some space and time to recover.