Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has allayed fears over Harry Winks by suggesting his injury layoff could be weeks not months.
The England international was forced off in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash with Norwich City after a challenge from Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell.
The incident came shortly after VAR had checked for possible serious foul play after a Cantwell challenge on Erik Lamela, and he was lucky to stay on the pitch having already been booked.
Winks was the one who had to leave the field of play, with the nature of the tackle somewhat forceful above the ankle.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho said of Winks (Daily Mail): “It is not a crazy one – hopefully weeks and not months.”
The fact Winks will be looking at some time out will come as a frustration for Spurs, who are already without Moussa Sissoko in the engine room.
Few players in the Tottenham squad can play the holding midfield role as effectively as Winks, and his absence could sting.
Thankfully for the north Londoners though, Tanguy Ndombele is back in the picture after recovering from a hip problem.
TBR’s view – Winks absence undoubtedly a blow
Mourinho could definitely do without Winks being unavailable.
Hopefully it is nothing too serious for the 23-year-old, and he’ll be back on the pitch again very soon.
Winks is an excellent technical player and has the ability to take the ball from deep and break the lines with his passing.
He can also wriggle out of tight situations thanks to his strong abilities, and it’s important for the Spurs medics to get him back fit as soon as possible.