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Tottenham lose key player to injury ahead of North London Derby

Tottenham have suffered a major injury blow to one of their key players ahead of next weekend’s NLD against Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a major injury blow to one of their key players ahead of next weekend’s North London Derby against Arsenal.

Tottenham are aspiring to return to Champions League football next season but have been dealt a significant blow following the news of Destiny Udogie’s season-ending injury.

The Italian left-back took to social media on Saturday evening to announce that he would be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign after undergoing undisclosed surgery. Alongside a photo of himself in a hospital bed, Udogie expressed gratitude for the support he received, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of injuries.

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“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. An injury brings my season to an early end. It doesn’t take away from how grateful I am to every person that has supported me this year.”

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Udogie’s absence comes as a setback for Tottenham, with the 21-year-old making a big impact during his debut season in English football. Signed from Udinese in a £21 million deal in August 2022, he initially returned to Udinese on loan before joining Spurs last summer.

Under manager Ange Postecoglou, Udogie became a regular starter, contributing two goals and three assists in 30 appearances across all competitions this season. His last game for Tottenham was in the 4-0 defeat to Newcastle United, where fellow full-back Pedro Porro also suffered a hamstring injury.

Tottenham’s injury list includes Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon, and Fraser Forster, who are also unlikely to feature again this season. With a week off following the defeat at St James’ Park, Spurs are gearing up for a crucial north London derby against Arsenal next weekend.

Currently sitting fifth in the Premier League table, Tottenham trail Aston Villa by three points with a game in hand. However, their quest for a top-four finish is complicated by a challenging run-in, including clashes with Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

Furthermore, recent developments in European competitions indicate that the Premier League is unlikely to secure an additional Champions League spot for the next season.

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