Tottenham midfielder James Maddison has been withdrawn from the England squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers because of an ankle injury.
The playmaker was injured in the first half of Tottenham’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.
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Spurs’ boss Ange Postecoglou also revealed that Micky van de Ven will also be absent until the new year after the defender injured a hamstring in the same game.
“It’s fair to say a fair bit happened after Monday,” Postecoglou said. “Micky (van de Ven) obviously with that hamstring injury, we knew it was fairly significant, probably a couple of months for him looking into the new year.
“[Maddison] is a lot worse than we thought. He came off with an ankle injury and the next day wasn’t great, so we sent him for a scan. Again probably into the new year for him. [Richarlison] should only be a month so not too long after international break, so they are the main ones, but we’ve got a couple of suspensions as well. Ben Davies is back and available. [Pedro] Porro is fine, he trained no problem.”
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Spurs confirmed on Friday that Maddison “will remain at Hotspur Way for rehabilitation with the club’s medical staff.”
There are fears that the issue could be worse than first feared. Maddison would join an increasingly worrying list of players currently sidelined from Ange Postecoglou’s side leaving their title hopes in ruin.
England hosts Malta on Nov. 17 and plays in North Macedonia three days later. The Three Lions have already qualified for next year’s tournament in Germany.
Tottenham plays at Wolverhampton on Saturday. Ange Postecoglou’s team trails league-leading Manchester City by one point.