Ange Postecoglou gives update on Tottenham Hotspur star Ben Davies after ‘nasty’ knock in training
Ange Postecoglou has given a positive injury update on Ben Davies after he missed Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Fulham on Monday.
Spurs cruised to a 2-0 win to remain at the top of the Premier League after nine matches. But they did so without Davies, who apparently missed the game after suffering a ‘nasty’ knock in training.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s league game against Crystal Palace on Friday at Selhurst Park, Postecoglou said, via Football.London:
“Yeah he [Ben Davies] is fine. He got a knock the day before training. It is fair to say our training at times teeters on the edge and unfortunately he copped a nasty one in training.
“Just a knock but it was the day before the game so it kept him out. He has training and is fine and ready to go.”
It’s always good to have players like Davies fit and raring to go. He isn’t really a regular anymore, with Destiny Udogie being our regular left-back and Spurs shifting to a four-man backline.
Davies is a useful asset
But having him on the bench is vital. He can fill in multiple positions in defence and has a lot of experience given how long he has been here. That is always important when you want to see out games with a slender lead.
Davies has played just 133 minutes across five games this season in all competitions. So, it is unlikely that he will start against the Eagles. We can expect Postecoglou to stick with the backline that has worked so far.
The 30-year-old Wales international seems to be in the final stretch of his time at Tottenham. His contract has just over 20 months (Transfermarkt) left on it and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of a renewal, although one can never tell what is going on behind the scenes.
At the end of the season, he will complete a decade at Spurs. He has been an incredible servant to the club and it is a shame that we don’t have European football this season so he could be getting more playing time.
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Keeping the bigger picture in mind, perhaps Davies would himself take Tottenham seriously challenging for the Premier League title if it meant no European football and lesser playing time for him. Moreover, there are still domestic cup competitions where he can play a big role.