Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been dealt an injury blow in the middle of the international break, with midfielder Giovani Lo Celso forced off through injury whilst away with Argentina.
The 23-year-old joined Spurs on a season-long loan with an option to buy next summer from Real Betis in the closing stages of the transfer window just gone but is yet to show the Premier League what he’s capable of in the North Londoners’ colours. Sadly for him, the knock he picked up against Chile forced him off the field in the 53rd minute and has now cast doubt over his involvement against Crystal Palace this weekend.
The Argentine has already boarded a flight back to England for treatment on his groin and hasn’t been categorically ruled out from making an appearance against Roy Hodgson’s men just yet but it’s fair to say that it will be touch and go until the latter stages of this week.
For Pochettino and his coaching staff, the arrival of Lo Celso has presented then with a potential long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen, with the Dane having made no secret of the fact that he’d like the opportunity to leave White Hart Lane, should a suitable offer come along. In an ideal world, Pochettino would be able to gradually phase Eriksen out of the side and adapt a system which made his role redundant but in the early weeks of the campaign, it’s been clear that Tottenham still rely heavily on the man in question.
Lo Celso could well be the man to pick the locks and light the spark for last year’s Champions League runners up in years to come but with the early stages of his switch to North London providing nothing more than flashes of potential and niggling injury frustration, the jury remains out as to whether he’s the natural heir to Eriksen’s throne.