Tottenham’s list of injury concerns grew on Tuesday night as Steven Bergwijn appeared to be struggling with an ankle problem during the Netherlands’ 6-1 win over Turkey in World Cup qualifying.
Bergwijn was replaced by Donyell Malen just past the hour-mark as Memphis Depay scored a hat-trick to inspire the Dutch to a comprehensive Group G victory in Amsterdam.
The result ensured the Netherlands leapfrogged Turkey to top the group but the sight of Bergwijn nursing a potential injury will have been a slight worry for both Louis van Gaal and Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Bergwijn appeared in some discomfort as he was pictured with ice and heavy strapping wrapped around his left ankle shortly after being substituted at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The 23-year-old winger has started all three matches of Spurs’ impressive start to the campaign and was expected to continue his run in the side away to Crystal Palace when the Premier League resumes this weekend.
The north London outfit – who sit top of the English top flight – had already been sweating over the fitness of Son Heung-min, 29, who missed South Korea’s 1-0 win over Lebanon.
Son complained of discomfort in his right calf muscle during a recent training session while on international duty and there are fears he could be unavailable for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at Selhurst Park.
The attacker got off the mark in style this season with the winner in Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City and doubled his tally as he scored the only goal of the game versus Watford before the international break.
Tottenham’s upcoming fixtures
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham – Premier League (September 11)
Rennes vs. Tottenham – Europa Conference League (September 16)
Tottenham vs. Chelsea – Premier League (September 19)
Wolves vs. Tottenham – Carabao Cup (September 22)
Arsenal vs. Tottenham – Premier League (September 26)
Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero have been ruled out of Spurs’ trip to Palace after going against the club’s wishes to play in the abandoned World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina.
Ryan Sessegnon, Joe Rodon, Tanguy Ndombele and Cameron Carter-Vickers are also doubts for clash.
Nuno urged both his players and Tottenham’s supporters to ignore their current position in the table following their recent win over Watford.
‘That doesn’t mean anything at all, that doesn’t mean anything,’ the Portuguese said.
‘I invite everybody, not only the players, but our fans to don’t pay attention to that. Don’t pay attention to that.
‘Let’s keep on working, we still have a long way and a lot of aspects to improve on.’
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