James Maddison trained without restriction on Friday and, unless anything changes, will be available for Tottenham’s away match at Bournemouth on Saturday.
If he is fully fit, seeing Maddison in the starting team would be the best-case scenario for Spurs. It would immediately buoy the side.
The Englishman left Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a protective boot after suffering an injury against Manchester United last Saturday.
Reports suggested a minor MCL sprain of his knee is the most problematic issue. The protective boot was purely precautionary.
Maddison will be a crucial part of any Tottenham success, making Ange think twice about unnecessarily risking him, particularly only two matches into the season.
Maddison has started his Tottenham tenure exquisitely, setting up both goals in the opener at Brentford and threatening consistently at home against United.
The 26-year-old is Tottenham’s ace playmaker, whose skill set perfectly fits Ange’s plans. Playing in such an attacking formation, most expect Maddison to easily eclipse his career-best 12-assist season at Leicester in 2021-22.
He notched 10 helpers in the follow-up season, his last at Leicester.
As long as Maddison avoids the treatment table for an extended period, he should ascend to lofty heights under Ange’s front-foot philosophy.