Rodrigo Bentancur’s season-ending ACL injury has delivered Tottenham a another damaging blow in midfield. It is anticipated that the Uruguayan will require six to seven months to recover.
Bentancur was substituted for the inexperienced Pape Matar Sarr during Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Leicester by Tottenham. Two days prior, Spurs announced that Yves Bissouma, another midfielder, required surgery for a stress fracture in his left ankle. The club gave Bissouma’s comeback no timeline.
With the transfer market closed and the team battling to finish in the top four of the Premier League, Spurs’ injuries are a major setback as they travel to Milan on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match. On March 1, Sheffield United will host a fifth-round FA Cup match.
Sarr could start at Milan, according to Tottenham’s assistant manager Cristian Stellini, who indicated this on Saturday. The 20-year-old Senegal international Sarr has only made one Premier League start, which came in last month’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal. He has not competed in the Champions League.
Hugo Lloris, Spurs’ first-choice goalkeeper, will also be out for five to seven weeks with a knee injury.