Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has been ruled out for the rest of the season after he suffered a reported anterior cruciate ligament injury away to Leicester.
Bentancur was forced off during Spurs’ humbling 4-1 defeat at struggling Leicester on Saturday. The Uruguayan was able to walk from the field but Standard Sport understands he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and has been sidelined until August at the earliest.
Things are going from bad to worse for Tottenham boss Antonio Conte on the injury front, with Rodrigo Bentancur adding to their crisis.
It is the another significant injury sustained by a Spurs midfielder in as many days after Yves Bissouma was forced to undergo surgery on a stress fracture to his left ankle. No timescale has been given on Bissouma’s return. Last week captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was ruled out for at least five weeks with a knee injury.
Attention for Tottenham now turns to the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with AC Milan.
Losing Bentancur, who has been a revelation under Conte since arriving from Juventus in January 2022 means 20-year-old Pape Matar Sarr may be thrust into the starting XI.
Pape Matar Sarr replaced Bentancur at the King Power Stadium and is expected to start the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League last-16 tie against Milan on Tuesday. Oliver Skipp should also be drafted in, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg suspended.
Bentancur has regularly impressed since joining Spurs a little over a year ago and is another blow to the club’s top-four hopes.