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Spurs complete unwanted clean sweep as Lo Celso suffers serious injury

By Steve Jennings

Published: 15:45, 10 September 2019

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has been ruled out until the end of October with a hip injury.

The Argentinian, who joined Spurs on an initial loan from Real Betis on deadline day with an obligation to buy next summer, was substituted after taking a knock in his country’s goalless draw with Chile.

What is Tottenham’s unwanted clean sweep? Five things to know…

  • All three of Spurs’ new signings have been sidelined by injury since joining the club.
  • Lo Celso damaged his hip during the international break.
  • Tanguy Ndombele has missed the last two matches with a thigh problem.
  • Ryan Sessegnon is yet to play for Tottenham because of a hamstring injury.
  • Meanwhile, Jack Clarke has struggled for game time since rejoining Leeds on loan.

After the match, Lo Celso suggested the injury was “not something to worry about” amid concerns he suffered groin damage.

But Tottenham have now confirmed Lo Celso actually injured his hip and will not return to training until late October.

The 23-year-old’s absence will complete an unwanted clean sweep for Spurs: all three of the club’s summer arrivals have been sidelined by injury already this season.

Ryan Sessegnon missed Fulham’s pre-season campaign with a hamstring problem before moving across London on deadline day, and the teenager is yet to return to full fitness.

Record signing Tanguy Ndombele scored on his debut against Aston Villa before picking up a thigh injury after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City the following weekend.

And Lo Celso has ensured Spurs will go into Saturday’s meeting with Crystal Palace without any of their new boys.

Meanwhile, Jack Clarke – who Tottenham signed from Leeds United and loaned back to Elland Road for the season – is yet to play a single minute of Championship football this term.

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The 18-year-old has been a victim of the EFL’s loan rules, which state only five on-loan players can be included in a matchday squad.

Clarke gave Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa something to think about by scoring the winner for England’s Under-20s on Monday, but he is yet another player who has suffered rotten luck since joining Spurs in the summer.

Tottenham had not brought in any fresh faces for 18 months before Clarke and Ndombele arrived on the same day in July.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have endured a mixed start to the new campaign, which in part can be put down to the injuries that have made it difficult to bed in the new signings.