The news that Tottenham have lost Sandro for the rest of the season is a big loss to Spurs as they look to consolidate their position in the top four of the Premier League. Sandro had to go off after 25 minutes of last Saturday’s match against Queen’s Park Rangers at Loftus Road with a knee injury and has since had surgery on his right knee. At the time it seemed an unfortunate incident as he stretched to reach the ball outside the Rangers’ penalty area. There was no contact with any other player but following examination he had to be helped off the field.
Sandro underwent surgery in Spain during the week and it has been revealed that he injured both his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and his Lateral Meniscus. On Wednesday Sandro commented on Twitter
“My surgery went well, now its moving forwards with treatment And rest!…. AS FLORES DOS JARDIM VIRARAM CINZAS QUEM SABE POR DEUS TUDO ISSO ACABE UM DIA…. QUEM SABE UM DIA…”
Today at his press conference, manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed that Sandro would miss the rest of the season. He was quoted by Ben Pearce on Twitter as saying,
” There are some positive signs that it might be 4 to 5 months but there are also cases where he could be out for 7 or 8.”
Sandro has been an integral member of Villas-Boas’ central midfield forming a dominant partnership with Mousa Dembele. He has started every Premier League match this season and scored the opening goal at Fulham as Spurs won 3 – 0. He has developed into an all-round midfield player with his powerful running, strength and whole-hearted commitment all over the pitch. His absence will be a big loss to Tottenham who have only just had Scott Parker return from an injury sustained while with England during the Euro 2012 championships. The return of Parker who started only his first match of the season against Coventry City in the FA Cup was seen as an opportunity for Villas-Boas to rotate his central midfield partnership but this has now been undone with Sandro’s injury.
Change to Transfer Plans
The injury has also delayed the completion of two proposed transfer deals while possibly bringing another one forward. It had been expected that the on loan transfer of Jake Livermore to Queen’s Park Rangers would be completed after last weekend’s match between the two clubs but it has been put on hold until Tottenham decided how best to cope with the loss of Sandro. There had also been talk of Tom Huddlestone leaving during the month with a coupe of clubs interested but that may also be delayed.
Commenting on this Villas-Boas said, “The only thing we’ve done at the moment is hold onto our midfielders.”
Lewis Holtby has agreed to sign for Tottenham in a free transfer in July at the end of his contract with FC Schalke but there are indications that Tottenham are now considering bringing that transfer forward to this month. Villas-Boas, however, was non-committal on the matter saying, “Its very difficult…but let’s see.”
Holtby would not be a direct replacement for Sandro as he is more of a creative midfield player to Sandro’s defensive role in the centre of the pitch. Parker will be the immediate replacement for Sandro but Tottenham may also consider the option of acquiring an additional defensive midfield player before the end of January.