Tottenham Hotspur have that 21-year-old Nabil Bentaleb underwent surgery to his left knee today after he was forced off injured in an Under 21 match against Leicester City on Friday.
Bentaleb will be ruled out for at least six weeks meaning he is likely to miss majority of the remaining season, including vital tests against Liverpool and Manchester United after the international break. Yet the club hope he will be back for Tottenham’s last two fixtures against Southampton and Newcastle United.
Bentaleb out of favour
However, this is not a major blow as Bentaleb has fallen out of favour at the North London Club and has recently been starting for the Under 21's.
The last player to do this was Andros Townsend who was later sold to Newcastle for £12million. Last season the Algerian was a regular starter alongside Ryan Mason and formed part of the core of the team. Since, the midfielder has started only two Premier League games this season, with injury playing it’s part.
Amid rumours of an attitude problem the academy product is now below Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason in the pecking order and has struggled to make the bench for both Europa League and Premier League games, with younger players Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks getting the nod before him.
With the club reportedly unimpressed by how Bentaleb and his entourage conducted contract talks at the end of last season, it is unsurprising that manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who is known for freezing out players with attitude problems, has dropped the young prospect.
Bentaleb’s future at Spurs looks unclear, yet all is not lost. This season has seen the resurgence of Mousa Dembele who looked ready to leave the Lilywhites in the summer, but is now a crucial member to Tottenham’s title challenge. In January, The Evening Standard reported that Pochettino was happy for Bentaleb to come back into the first team as they “have a very good relationship” yet he also admitted that “when he was injured, the team moved on.”