Lo Celso may not return before March as Tottenham injury woe continues

Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on December 18, 2020 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is not expected to return to fitness until the end of February or early March, with the Argentine still sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Lo Celso has been out since pulling up in the defeat to Leicester on December 20 and Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has been reluctant to offer updates on his prognosis.

There is little prospect of the midfielder returning for at least another three weeks, which would keep him out of the League matches against Chelsea, West Brom and Manchester City, the FA Cup fifth-round at Everton and the Europa League last-16 first leg against Austrian side Wolfsberger.

Lo Celso's situation is thought to have been a factor in Spurs' reluctance to allow Dele Alli to join Paris Saint-Germain on loan in January, despite his desire to link up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino in Ligue 1.

Alli will now be tasked with playing himself back into Mourinho's plans in the second half of the campaign, although the manager has ruled him out of the last three matches with a tendon injury.


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