Tottenham Hotspur confirmed via their official Twitter account on Friday that midfielder Harry Winks is being assessed ahead of the north London derby against Arsenal at Wembley on Saturday with a hip injury, and it could give teammate Victor Wanyama a big chance.
Both players will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s match. pic.twitter.com/LXBjCcek32
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 1, 2019
What’s the word, then?
Well, the England international has become a key part of the Spurs team this season and been a consistent starter – he has played the full 90 minutes in nine of their previous 11 Premier League fixtures.
That included the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, but it appears that between then and now he has picked up a hip issue, which could potentially see him miss out against the Gunners.
The news would be a big blow to Mauricio Pochettino and the supporters given the 23-year-old has been one of their most impressive performers in recent times, forming a strong partnership with Moussa Sissoko at the heart of the midfield.
One man’s misfortune can be another one’s gain in this case however, with Wanyama waiting in the wings following his own return from injury.
The 27-year-old has been an unused substitute in three of the club’s last four top-flight matches, playing 10 minutes in the win against Leicester City.
With Eric Dier also out as he recovers from illness and Mousa Dembele leaving during the January transfer window, the only other options Pochettino really has to slot in alongside Sissoko would be Christian Eriksen or Oliver Skipp, but Wanyama would provide the bite and strength those two perhaps don’t really have.
The Kenya international would surely also thrive to return to the XI on such a big occasion, giving him the rare chance to be a Tottenham hero.