Injury update: Tottenham midfielder set to miss Brighton match

As Spurs head into match-day 24 they welcome back Yves Bissouma, however, while the returning midfielder will be an added boost to the center of the pitch, the squad will be without Giovani Lo Celso in that area.
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According to a report from Evening Standard (via The Boy Hotspur), Argentine footballer Giovani Lo Celso is likely to miss out on another week of Premier League action, with the outlet stating that "his return date remains unclear."

Lo Celso has carried a threatening presence for defenses when he's appeared this season, notching two goals and two assists across ten matches. Those numbers, though, don't even remotely capture the output he's produced. While yes, Lo Celso has found his way onto the pitch in ten matches, he's only really played for 411 minutes in those league fixtures. That would roughly translate to four and a half 90-minute matches, in which he has collected his four goal contributions.

With this in mind, it's hard to argue that the former Villarreal player has been anything short of impactful when he's been healthy. Due to three separate injuries, though, Lo Celso has collectively missed out on ten matches this campaign. It seems that in the chaos of the season's injury crisis, the Argentinian was unfortunately swept up in the storm.

That being said, things have started to look up for Spurs in their injury department, and especially amongst the midfield ranks. Over the past couple of matches, James Maddison and Rodrigo Bentancur have both marched back into the action, providing Tottenham with a much needed boost to their squad with Yves Bissouma, Pape Sarr, and Son Heung-min away on international duty at the time. Now, Sarr and Bissouma are back in North London, joining the ranks of the other two midfielders, as well as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, and occasionally, Dejan Kulusevski.

While it hurts Gio to be missing out on precious minutes and chances to fight for his spot, Spurs will likely manage just fine in the remaining weeks that he recovers. Upon his return, however, Ange's task of midfield selection will become all the more difficult, a great indicator that Tottenham are working towards building out their squad depth to compete at the highest level of English football.