Giovani Lo Celso is not expected to play a prominent role for Tottenham Hotspur for many months, according to a report by Football Insider.
It is believed the South American has entered the final stages of his rehabilitation programme regarding the hip injury he suffered whilst on international duty with Argentina, however he is not expected to play a major role for Spurs for some time.
Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff are said to be of the opinion that the 23-year-old is way off from being at the expected and required fitness levels to play a full 90 minutes and will be eased gradually back into action in north London.
Indeed, Lo Celso appears to be a player that has all the talent and quality to make a difference and his injury/fitness concerns will be a real blow to Tottenham moving forward.
The Argentine playmaker has been troubled with fitness and injury issues since joining Spurs and has been limited to just three substitute appearances and playing just 44 minutes (TransferMarkt).
Taking his performances for Real Betis last season into account, there could be an argument that he would provide Pochettino’s side with the attacking dimension that the north London giants, perhaps, have been lacking in recent weeks.
The 23-year-old managed to bag himself 16 goals and provide six assists in his 46 matches for the La Liga side across all competitions (per TransferMarkt), whilst he also managed to produce an average of two shots per game, 0.8 key passes and two completed dribbles (WhoScored).
In contrast, whilst Christian Eriksen’s overall figures for Tottenham can not necessarily come into the comparison (67 goals and assists in 288 appearances), the Denmark international has not been on the ball this season.
In his 11 outings to date, the 27-year-old has managed to provide just one goal and one assist (per TransferMarkt), whilst his averages currently stand at 1.8 shots per game, 1.6 key passes and no completed dribble attempts.
Indeed, with Tottenham’s recent struggles on the pitch and their inability to finish games off (heavy defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton & Hove Albion recently), Lo Celso could have been an individual that may have provided them with some additional magic in the middle of the field.
With everything going on, it would not be a surprise if Spurs were frustrated with the current situation regarding the Argentina international, however the fact that he is at least believed to be closing in on a return could be something positive to draw from the news.
But, it appears patience will be needed and just how well Tottenham and Pochettino can manage without him remains to be seen.
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