Tottenham boss Antonio Conte gets a fitness boost with Rodrigo Bentancur returning from injury on New Year’s Day… but the club are still waiting to find out the extent of Richarlison’s hamstring problem
- Rodrigo Bentancur was injured in Uruguay’s last match at the World Cup
- There were concerns that he could be sidelined for a significant period
- Antonio Conte has now said he expects Bentancur to return on January 1
- Richarlison also suffered an injury during Brazil’s World Cup campaign
- Tottenham are still waiting to find out the severity of his hamstring injury
Antonio Conte has revealed that Rodrigo Bentancur looks set to return to Tottenham for their New Year’s clash with Aston Villa following an injury scare at the World Cup.
Bentancur hobbled off in the first half of Uruguay’s final group game against Ghana and there were fears he could face an extended spell on the sidelines.
However, Conte has confirmed it is not a serious issue and expects Bentancur to be available for selection at the start of 2023, while he has also stated that Ben Davies is ready to play again after his exploits with Wales.
Rodrigo Bentancur was injured in Uruguay’s last group game in the World Cup
Antonio Conte expects Bentancur to be available for Tottenham when they play on January 1
“Ben Davies is fine and started working with us last week. He has recovered,” Conte told Tottenham’s official website.
“Rodrigo has started working. I think he will be good for the match against Aston Villa.
Tottenham fans will likely be pleased that Bentancur’s injury is only a minor one, as the 25-year-old has been an ever-present in the team’s midfield this term.
He was in excellent form just before the domestic season came to a halt, scoring the winning goals against Bournemouth and Leeds.
Conte is unsure when Richarlison will return after suffering a hamstring injury in Qatar
He is now set to miss just one league game, with Spurs set to travel to Brentford on Boxing Day.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are concerned Richarlison could be out for six weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered in Brazil’s quarter-final defeat to Croatia.
However, Conte has claimed that the club have not yet established the extent of the problem and will only know how long he is out for after he undergoes an MRI scan on Wednesday.
“Richy, tomorrow he will have an MRI (scan) to know how important the injury is,” Conte added. “After tomorrow, we’ll see how much time he needs to recover.”