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Spurs issue injury update ahead of wild month

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Tottenham Hotspur has weathered an injury crisis to stay in the thick of the Premier League title race, and is getting some of its men back in the fold.

Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele have been boosted by the international break, Mauricio Pochettino revealed on Thursday.

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Dele Alli, Danny Rose, and Jan Vertonghen are going to require a bit more healing, though, via the BBC:

“Still maybe 10 days more for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week more. Jan Vertonghen is a little bit longer. But the most important thing is that we start to recover players. It will be a tough month of competition for us.”

Spurs are two points back of the trio leading the Premier League ahead of a tricky month for all contenders.

Tottenham visits improving West Ham United on Saturday before heading to PSV Eindhoven and hosting Manchester City. A League Cup date with West Ham follows before a visit to Wolves and a return date with PSV. Then Palace, and another international break.

Get well soon, right?

Spurs playing it safe with Eriksen

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According to the Danish national team, Christian Eriksen has an injury Tottenham is being very cautious with, and as such, he will likely miss Denmark’s games this week against the Republic of Ireland and Austria.

Eriksen has missed Spurs’ last two league matches, wins over Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, thanks to an unspecified abdominal injury. It also left him out for the Champions League loss to Barcelona and the EFL Cup win over Watford, meaning he hasn’t played since September 22. Denmark national team manager Age Hareide told Danish media, including paper B.T. and TV channel Canal 9, that his injury could become chronic if not treated correctly, and therefore Spurs is being careful with his usage. Not only is Eriksen unlikely to play this week for his country, he could miss significant time going forward for his club team too.

“Christian has a problem with the stomach muscle, and Tottenham has tried to communicate that it is of a long-term nature,” Hareide said. With translation inaccuracies, judging by his other quotes, it’s likely that Hareide’s use of the term “long-term nature” was more referring to the possibility of the injury becoming chronic, and not necessarily that he will miss a lot of time at this point, but it certainly doesn’t bode well either way.

“It is very doubtful that we can persuade him to come to Dublin and make him play,” Hareide said. “I do not think that Tottenham is particularly interested in that either. It has been over a week [since Eriksen last played] and I know that he has known about it for a while. Such an injury can become chronic, and that is what Tottenham also fear. I hope it won’t happen to Christian. We have two important matches in November as well. We’ll look at him, but I do not think we’ll see Christian in Dublin.”

Spurs has seen a host of important players struggle with injuries early in the season. Jan Vertonghen has a hamstring problem that is reportedly worse than initially thought, while Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele both have missed recent time with hamstring and thigh problems of their own.

PL Preview: Tottenham vs. Cardiff City

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Winless in the league through the season’s first seven matches, Cardiff City will look to take advantage of a banged up Tottenham Hotspur as they meet at Wembley Stadium on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

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Tottenham will be without defender Jan Vertonghen who has picked up a hamstring problem and could miss as much as six weeks. Along with the Belgian defender, Spurs will miss Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele who are all sidelined with various injuries. Spurs will especially miss the creativity of Eriksen, who has been out since suffering what Pochettino called an “abdomen problem” he picked up after the 2-1 victory over Brighton in late September.

Spurs have been all over the place with results of late, but they’ve done enough to put themselves into fourth place in the Premier League table. They fell to Barcelona in midweek Champions League play, carved up by Lionel Messi and company. However, they’ve been perfect through Premier League play aside from a two-game losing skid back in early September.

For Cardiff City, manager Neil Warnock is fearing the sack if the Premier League new boys can’t pick up points, and fast. With just two points through the first seven matches, Cardiff sits in 19th, level on points with Huddersfield Town and Newcastle. They are without midfielder Aron Gunnarsson this weekend who is on his way back from a knee injury, while Junior Hoilett is reportedly fit and ready to go.

What they’re saying

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on playing a weaker team: “The most difficult game is the game that everyone believes, outside of the team, that you must win. For us it’s so important to be motivated at the same level. If not we’re going to struggle.”

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock on the possibility of being fired: “If we don’t get results, no doubt it will become someone else’s problem. Every manager is under pressure. You do find every big agent is pushing managers’ names. I have heard two or three be mentioned already for my job, but that’s not just me, every manager gets that.”

Prediction

This Tottenham team is banged up, but right now Cardiff City is just not scoring enough to be trusted against such a disciplined team like Tottenham. An early goal will put Cardiff out of its comfort zone, and it will be elementary from there in a 2-0 Spurs win.

Spurs’ Eriksen to miss Huddersfield trip with ‘abdomen problem’

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Tottenham Hotspur heads to Huddersfield Town without one of its key playmakers.

Christian Eriksen will miss Saturday’s match as he gets treatment “for an abdomen problem.”

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Eriksen had played every minute of the club’s season until Wednesday’s win over Watford in the League Cup.

Dele Alli played in Eriksen’s position during the victory, winning and converting a penalty kick.

He has two assists in six matches as Spurs recorded a 4W-2L record to open the Premier League campaign.

Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm are also out, meaning Paulo Gazzaniga is likely to get another start.

Watford comes back to beat Spurs, stay perfect

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  • Hornets move to 4-0
  • Spurs suffer first loss
  • Deeney instrumental in win

Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart made amends for Abdoulaye Doucoure’s own goal, as Watford stayed perfect by knocking off Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Both teams entered the match 3-0, and Spurs had to feel good about their chances for a win when Lucas Moura‘s cross was diverted into the Watford goal early in the second half.

Watford sits beneath only Liverpool and Chelsea on goal differential, while Spurs drop to fifth.

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Spurs were dominant over the first hour.

Dele Alli made a good-looking run in the 12th minute to get behind the defense, but popped a difficult header over the goal.

Troy Deeney headed a ball over the Spurs end six minutes later when Daryl Janmaat‘s cross cruised into the 18.

It was a forgettable half for Dele, who was in scoring position numerous times but failed to find his finish.

Spurs were buzzing a bit more to start the second half, with Christian Eriksen hitting a low shot that was collected by Ben Foster.

Yet it was a messy own goal that put Spurs ahead, forced by in-form Lucas Moura. Doucoure had no hope of getting out of the way of Moura’s cross, which struck his torso and bounced into the goal.

Out of nothing, Andre Gray tore a shot over the goal in the 61st minute as Watford looked to find an equalizer.

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And the Hornets manufactured more chances, the Vicarage Road crowd getting louder with each. Troy Deeney’s cross was headed off the bar by Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld, dangerously close to an own goal.

Deeney then provided a goal with a headed finish in the 69th minute, celebrating with a knee slide.

And hold on! Jay Cathcart’s bullet header of a corner kick gave Spurs a 76th minute lead!