Postecoglou announces Maddison and Van de Ven will be out until the New Year

Ange Postecoglou’s concerns over injuries have increased with the news that Micky van de Ven and James Maddison will be out for the rest of the year. Outlining the team’s mounting fitness problems, Postecoglou expressed the need for caution in managing game time and the potential impact of prolonged VAR stoppages on player injuries. With Richarlison also sidelined following groin surgery, Tottenham faces the challenge of integrating new players into their back four, while also hoping for a swift recovery for the injured stars to avoid further disruptions. The manager’s comments shed light on the team’s current situation, adding depth and context to the challenges facing Tottenham as they navigate the season.
Ange Postecoglou has expressed concern for the injury situation at Tottenham, emphasizing the team’s need to avoid further setbacks. The unavailability of Micky van de Ven and James Maddison for the remainder of 2023 due to injuries prompted Postecoglou to stress the urgency of the situation. Van de Ven sustained a hamstring injury, while Maddison suffered an ankle problem during Monday’s match against Chelsea. The team’s fitness troubles were further compounded as Richarlison is also sidelined following groin surgery.

Postecoglou provided updates on the players’ conditions, stating, “Micky has a hamstring injury which we kind of knew was fairly significant. Probably a couple of months for him, looking to the New Year. Maddison is a lot worse than we thought, and he will also be out until the New Year. Richarlison had the operation, and he should only be sidelined for a month if everything goes well.”

Acknowledging the impact of these absences, particularly on the defensive line, Postecoglou pointed out the challenges for the team in making necessary adjustments. As they prepare for the upcoming match against Wolves, he emphasized the need for caution in managing players’ game time to reduce the risk of further injuries.

Furthermore, Postecoglou expressed concern about the potential increased risk of injuries arising from VAR-induced stoppages during matches. Reflecting on the extensive delay caused by VAR in the previous match, he hinted at the need for measures to minimize prolonged interruptions to the game.

Despite the setbacks, Postecoglou remains optimistic about the team’s resilience and preparedness as they navigate through the current situation.

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