'Big Blow' - Exclusive: Agbonlahor reacts as in-form Spurs star faces lengthy lay-off
Tottenham have been hit by a “big blow” after Giovani Lo Celso was ruled out for the rest of January just when he was hitting form.
That is the view of 74-goal ex-Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Argentine’s current situation.
Lo Celso has missed Spurs’ last four games with a hamstring injury and was then pictured breaking London’s lockdown rules over Christmas with teammates Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini.
Jose Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the 24-year-old would miss out on the trip to eighth-tier side Marine FC in the FA Cup third round and could spend the whole of January on the sidelines.
Before picking up his injury the creative midfielder had started Spurs’ last two Premier League games and provided a crucial assist for Tottenham’s goal in their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
And Agbonlahor has claimed the 21-time Argentine international was just beginning to find his best form.
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“Definitely, it’s a big blow [to be without him],” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“In some games, he’s been starting recently. He’s starting to get a bit of form so it’s the worse time to get an injury.
“I think Jose Mourinho will be hoping he can get him back as soon as possible because he and Ndombele have been rotating in recent weeks.
“He had been doing really well, Lo Celso.”
Lo Celso has scored five goals and provided one assist in 19 games across all competitions for Spurs this season.
The Rosario-born ace moved to north London in the summer of 2019 initially on loan from Real Betis but that deal was made permanent last January.