Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko will be sidelined for around a month, after hobbling off against Manchester United on Sunday (The Evening Standard).
The Frenchman pulled up in the first half against the Red Devils and tried to carry on, before having to come off to be replaced by Erik Lamela.
It’s a big blow for Spurs, who also went on to lose Harry Kane to injury. The England captain will be out for a similar amount of time after damaging ankle ligaments.
Sissoko’s absence is sure to sting, with Spurs now really struggling for options in midfield.
Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier are both still recovering from their own injuries, while Mousa Dembele is reportedly on the verge of sealing a transfer to the Far East (BBC Sport).
Eriksen to drop deep?
One course of action Mauricio Pochettino could take is to drop Christian Eriksen a little deeper to play alongside Harry Winks in holding midfield.
Eriksen ran the show against United by operating in Sissoko’s deeper position at Wembley with his brilliant eye for a killer pass.
Pochettino should use Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura in the wide positions, with Dele Alli in behind Fernando Llorente in attack.
Young Oliver Skipp would also be an option, but perhaps the more seasoned Eriksen is a more sensible option with Spurs needing desperately to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Dane brought so much control after changing positions on Sunday and is surely the north Londoners’ solution.