Tottenham await Micky van de Ven injury fate

Micky van de Ven of Tottenham Hotspur goes down with an injury and is checked on by teammates Yves Bissouma and Cristian Romero during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park
Micky van de Ven was out for a period with a hamstring injury earlier in the season too - Getty Images/Catherine Ivill

Tottenham Hotspur are set to find out the extent of the injury Micky van de Ven suffered in the crucial victory over Aston Villa inside the next 24 hours.

Van de Ven was forced off in the second half of Tottenham’s victory, just before the visitors opened the scoring, with what looked to be a hamstring injury.

Telegraph Sport understands that Van de Ven was due to be assessed on Tuesday, with Tottenham expected to have a clearer picture after that. Unless he requires surgery, the club are unlikely to confirm the exact nature of the injury until head coach Ange Postecoglou next speaks on Friday.

The Dutch central defender spent a long spell on the sidelines earlier this season with a hamstring injury, although Postecoglou was optimistic Van de Van’s problem at Villa was not as bad.

Losing Van de Ven for any period of time would be a blow to Spurs, but Postecoglou now has January signing Radu Dragusin to deputise as he did at Villa Park.

Van de Ven has been superb in his debut season for Tottenham and Dragusin made an impressive substitutes’ appearance against Villa as Postecoglou’s team cruised to an easy victory.

Tottenham have one game, away at Fulham on Saturday, before the international break which may come at a good time for Van de Ven and his recovery.

Postecoglou has been boosted by the return of several key players in recent weeks and Tottenham are now only two points behind fourth-placed Villa with a game in hand and fixtures against Fulham, Luton Town, West Ham United and Nottingham Forest to come.

Striker Richarlison has missed the last two games with a knee injury, but the Brazilian is expected to be available after the international break if he has to sit out the Fulham game.

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