Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Yves Bissouma is now a doubt for their curtain-raiser on Saturday in N17.
Speaking on his latest YouTube video, Alasdair Gold has claimed the Mali midfielder picked up a slight hamstring tweak in their final pre-season friendly.
Spurs signed the 25-year-old earlier this summer from Brighton & Hove Albion, but he has had a turbulent pre-season, to say the least.
Bissouma travelled with his new teammates to South Korea, and just days into the tour, the midfielder was one of two players to test positive, which meant he played no part in either of the two games.
And since, Bissouma has only played 90 minutes worth of football between the games against Rangers and AS Roma, which has been compiled with his latest injury issue.
Gold said: “Midfield, unfortunately, is going to be a slight issue in terms of cover on Saturday, because I understand Yves Bissouma has picked up a slight hamstring tweak in the game against Roma.
“What we didn’t know – because we interviewed Bissouma after the game, myself and Tom Barclay from The Sun – he was wearing tracksuit trousers; underneath those tracksuit trousers, he had ice on his hamstring.
“He’s a doubt for Saturday, is the way I’m being told, which doesn’t suggest he’s likely to miss much more than that. Like I say, it’s just a tweak, it’s one of those precautionary things, I think they took him off just to make sure it didn’t become something a little bit more serious.”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
This will be a huge frustration to all at Spurs with the 25-year-old not featuring a lot in their pre-season friendlies as a result of illness.
Does Pape Matar Sarr deserve a chance on the bench?
There would have been question marks as to whether he would have started anyway, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur playing big roles in the friendlies.
However, with Oliver Skipp now also out through injury, this means Antonio Conte could now have to call upon one of Harry Winks, Pape Matar Sarr or Harvey White to feature on the bench.
Fortunately, it does not appear to be a long-term issue and Bissouma has not been confirmed as out for the weekend just yet, but it is far from ideal preparation going into the game on Saturday.