One of Tottenham Hotspur’s brightest prospects will likely not get the chance to stake his claim this season after the recovery time for a devastating injury was revealed.
Spurs have several young players knocking on the door of the first team. Some featured in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League last season, and their involvement in the group stage of this year’s Europa Conference League could give some the chance to shine. But one will definitely be missing out.
Roshaun Mathurin, who is 17 years old, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his knee in late August. He underwent surgery earlier this week. Now, he has learned how long he may be absent for.
According to a Football Insider source, Mathurin’s recovery time will be between nine and 12 months.
Some players have, in the past, recovered from such injuries more quickly. But this estimation seems to be in keeping with the average time a player will spend on the sidelines after such a blow.
For example, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was out for 10 months after suffering an ACL injury of his own last season.
If Mathurin takes a similar time to recover, then it is unlikely he will be able to make a breakthrough this season. It is a shame for a player who seemed to have a chance of breaking through at some point.
He has already trained with the Tottenham first team on occasion. But it will be a while before he learns if he will get the chance to play with them in a competitive environment.
A winger, Mathurin made 29 appearances for Tottenham’s under-18s last season, scoring nine goals.
Now, though, he must rest and rehabilitate before being able to resume his career.
Tottenham star could sign new deal
Meanwhile, at the other end of the age spectrum, Tottenham are reportedly looking to hand a new two-year deal to a player whose exit appeared inevitable next summer.
Journalist Ekrem Konur claims that Spurs want to hand veteran stopper Hugo Lloris a new contract, with the report going on to add that a deal with the France star is very close to actually being agreed.
The north London club view the 34-year-old as a hugely important part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad. To that end, they want Lloris around for another two years while the Portuguese manager shapes a new side in north London.
Lloris’ current deal runs out at the end of the season. And with Pierluigi Gollini snapped up on a loan to buy deal from Atalanta over the summer, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the former Lyon man.
However, it appears that Lloris could enter his 11th season as a Tottenham player in 2022-23 and beyond.
Lloris, who has racked up over 370 appearances for Spurs, is yet to concede a goal this season.
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