Medical expert Ben Dinery has issued a potential injury concern for Tottenham Hotspur, with the pitched constantly being swapped around at their stadium.
The Lowdown: Pitch swapping
As per the Daily Mail, the process of swapping the two pitches takes 48 hours to complete, meaning that a swift turnaround is needed.
Due to concerns over possible issues with the process which could lead to serious problems with the turf, Tottenham are surprisingly exploring making upgrades to the pitch, which cost them £20m.
The Latest: Dinnery’s claim
Dinnery worries that, if something goes wrong with the current system, Tottenham players will be subject to a higher risk of injury.
Speaking with Football Insider, the injury expert claimed: “The only concern is because it’s such a tight turnaround.
“I understand that the engineering logistics and the precise nature of undertaking moving the pitch around with the complexities. That is a worry should that not go as smoothly as it should.
“I understand that the pitch itself separates into three segments and those can be removed in between 30 minutes and an hour.
“In regard to storage which is maybe another question. People might ask if the grass is stored away from natural sunlight and what might happen.
“They have facilities in place for that and they refer to it as a life support system. That grass can stay perfectly content for up to five days with LED growth lighting and irrigation.
“The only real issue comes if there is a problem with that tight turnaround. Other than that, hopefully, there shouldn’t be any major issues.”
The Verdict: Can’t risk injuries
With injuries already sustained by Emerson Royal, Dejan Kulusevski, Japhet Tanganga and Richarlison, Spurs cannot afford for any more of their star players to be sidelined for lengthy periods.
Therefore, with the new pitch system presenting a potential risk to the squad, changes will need to be made to ensure the players’ safety.
After spending £1bn on the new stadium and with the likes of Google and Amazon currently in talks over a deal for the venue’s naming rights, Tottenham can very much afford to perfect their state-of-the-art system – much to the probable reluctance of the notoriously parsimonious Daniel Levy.
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