Thursday, September 29, 2022

Key First Team Duo Return To Training After Lengthy Injuries: Making Tottenham Hotspur Invincible?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

Tottenham Hotspur have been given some much-needed boost before their tough run of fixtures that lie ahead.  Spurs have a busy month coming up with fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Champions League ties against Real Madrid (twice) and Borussia Dortmund all within the next month.

Tottenham has to play 12 matches over the next 48 days. Such a tenacious fixture list will have Mauricio Pochettino worried as his players might suffer from serious fatigue and burnout. Spurs will have to play a game every four days on an average and it is essential, Pochettino ensures that there is enough rotation in the squad to keep his players fresh and fit throughout this phase.

Luckily for Spurs’ fans, there was an official tweet from the club saying that Rose and Lamela were in training along with the rest of teammates.

The tweet read: Danny Rose and @ErikLamela train with the rest of the team at Hotspur Way today as they continue to progress with their rehabilitation.

This new will come in as some much-needed boost for the Pochettino who will hope the English left back and the Argentine winger will be able to take some part in this busy run of fixtures.

The 27-year-old left back, who has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea after criticising the Spurs wage structure, is still rated as one of the best left-backs in Europe. Tottenham will hope he can at least play half of the next 12 matches otherwise they will be risking a severe burnout for Ben Davies, who is currently filling in for the injured England man and has been impressive so far.

The case for Lamela is not so easy and Pochettino will not want to rush the Argentine who has already missed more than a year of football but is yet to recover and gain match fitness.

Pochettino has a 25 man squad registered for the season and although it does include a few first-team rookies, one can always expect the Argentine tactician from using them in matches as history would show. Pochettino is known for imbibing young blood into the first team as was evident with players like Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and many others.

This, however, does not mean that the Spurs side lack quality. They have enough players to cover most of their positions with distinction and might be one of the few clubs around Europe prepared well enough to cope up with such a difficult fixture run ahead. Just how good their squad depth actually is will be put to a litmus test in the coming weeks.

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