Tottenham have confirmed that attacking ace Dele Alli is fighting a battle to be fit to play Huddersfield this weekend after suffering a broken hand in the club’s Champions League win over Manchester City.
The Lilywhites revealed via their official website that the midfield maestro had suffered a fracture in his left hand and that he was undergoing examinations to see whether he could take on the Terriers, who have already had their relegation from the Premier League confirmed.
What should Spurs do?
While Dele Alli will no doubt want to play in every game between now and the end of the season, having seen injury curtail his campaign significantly already, throwing him in against Huddersfield is a gamble which could end in tears for Mauricio Pochettino and his men.
With their Champions League second leg against Manchester City right around the corner, the last thing they need is the English star aggravating the problem and being forced to sit that absolutely massive tie at the Etihad Stadium.
With creative midfielders in short supply right now, it is time that Pochettino brought youngster Oliver Skipp back into the fray, with Saturday the perfect opportunity to rest Alli and give the rarely seen starlet some more Premier League game time.
Why should it be Skipp?
With six appearances in the top flight this season, and a number more unused substitute outings, the 18-year-old is clearly seen as a prodigal talent in north London but has been pushed out the side due to returning stars and more pressure on the club to succeed on both the domestic and European stage.
Saturday represents the perfect opportunity to put him back into the side, facing a Huddersfield outfit playing for nothing more than pride after their relegation.
He might not be the most creative of players but bringing him in to take Alli’s place will give those around him more freedom to fill the boots of the England star, who must avoid any chance of tears ahead of next week by not playing on Saturday.