James Maddison’s ankle injury is worse than first thought, and Tottenham is worried he may need a lengthy layoff.
Maddison was replaced during the first half of Tottenham’s Monday night loss to Chelsea; following the game, head coach Ange Postecoglou revealed that the player had an ankle injury.
The attacking midfielder seemed to allay concerns that he would miss a significant amount of time on the sidelines when he was named in the England squad on Thursday.
Madison’s withdrawal from the international team to play Malta and North Macedonia, however, has raised questions about his fitness.
Additionally, Mail Sport has discovered that Spurs are extremely concerned about Maddison’s extended absence given his rapid success since joining from Leicester.
When Postecoglou holds his pre-match press conference ahead of the Wolves match this weekend, questions regarding Maddison’s fitness will be raised.
However, the possibility of losing Maddison—who has grown to be such an important member of the team—will cause great concern behind closed doors.
Over the past few days, Maddison has undergone a number of tests to determine the extent of the damage to his ankle.
Gareth Southgate, the manager of England, stated on Thursday: “He seems positive.” Clearly, there is some room for uncertainty. However, I believe that since they had just reduced to 10 players at the time of the decision (to substitute him in the first half against Chelsea), the manager may have been thinking, “I have a player who might have a knock and we’re only down to 10 players anyway.”
However, Spurs confirmed this morning in a statement that James Maddison has been left off of the England squad because of an ankle injury.
“The midfielder will stay at Hotspur Way for rehabilitation with the Club’s medical staff and will not play in the Three Lions’ UEFA EURO 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.”
A growing injury crisis has resulted in Richarlison being ruled out following pelvic surgery and star defender Micky van de Ven missing months of play due to a hamstring injury. This raises questions about Maddison’s long-term fitness.