Tottenham's Winks out for season with ankle injury
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 20:46
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks is unlikely to play again this season after suffering an ankle injury on Saturday, according to Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham head in to the midweek games sitting second in the table and closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to seven points after the Blues slumped to a shock home loss to Crystal Palace.
Pochettino said: "We knew very well how hard Burnley have made it for other teams here, so I give a lot of credit to my team". We need to keep going in that direction and it is true the Premier League is tough to play in, and to win every game and compete. "We showed great character and I'm very proud and pleased because the performance in the second half was very good".
The injuries forced Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to change from a 3-4-2-1 formation to 4-2-3-1 at half-time, with Eric Dier moving into midfield, and the England worldwide opened the scoring with a composed finish before sub Son Heung-Min sealed victory with a tap in. I think today if we assess the season I think it's fantastic.
Youngster Oliver McBurnie could see some Premier League minutes.
But they will have to overcome an expanding injury list to get a result in South Wales. Eriksen's corner was cleared to Dier by Jeff Hendrick and the England global steadied himself to place the ball past Scott Arfield on the line at the far post.
"The performance was great, not brilliant, very professional and this is a hard place".
Spurs travel to struggling Swansea on Wednesday, while Chelsea host fourth-placed Manchester City.
"Spurs are strong, as are Chelsea, and we got a point against them".
Talismanic striker Fernando Llorente, scorer of 11 Premier League goals thus far this season, is a doubt after sustaining an ankle injury, while metronomic midfielder Leon Britton could also be unavailable because of a hamstring problem.
Burnley's seven-match winless streak in the league has punctured some of the optimism around the club that they can survive the drop, but manager Sean Dyche remained upbeat and preferred to salute Spurs rather than slam his own side's display.
What have the managers had to say?
"This win is massive for us - we have to be there if Chelsea fail and we are there".
Having taken two points from four successive away games Burnley returned to Turf Moor hoping to build on a record of nine wins in front of their own fans this season.
Yet Eric Dier and Son Heung-min struck in the second half to earn the points.