When Rodrigo Bentancur could return to action for Tottenham Hotspur after injury on World Cup duty
Rodrigo Bentancur’s elimination from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the group stages would have carried one selfish benefit for Spurs fans – he would have been fit and ready to play for the club when club football resumed.
But unluckily, the former Juventus midfielder picked up an injury in his team’s 2-0 win against Ghana in the third group-stage match. They won on the day but were eliminated by South Korea by goal difference.
He was subbed off in the 34th minute for Matias Vecino. Now, Football.London claims that the player is believed to have suffered from an abductor tear, which could take three to four weeks to recover from.
If this turns out to be the case, then the player could be back in time for the game against Brentford in the Premier League on 26 December. Bentancur has been a vital part of manager Antonio Conte’s midfield.
Ever since the Uruguay international was signed from Juventus in the January transfer window, Conte has preferred to play him in his team. In fact, Bentancur even thanked Conte for showing so much faith in him so early on in his Spurs career.
He told Sky Sports in October:
“I think Antonio trusting me and starting me in games so soon after I arrived helped me adapt very quickly. Minutes on the pitch are the best way to adapt and that has been fundamental for me.”
It is clear that any absence of Bentancur from our lineup would be a blow. The options we have instead of him, Yves Bissouma and Oliver Skipp, haven’t really convinced fans of their ability.
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It is a shame that Bentancur’s journey ended so early in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Even if his team did make it through, he probably wouldn’t have been involved anyway. Hopefully, he can now properly concentrate on getting fit again and returning to action as soon as possible.