By Richard Parks
Gonzalo Higuain is in line to miss Tottenham’s Champions League clash against Juventus next week with an ankle injury.
Juve director general Giuseppe Marotta revealed on Thursday that the Argentine is struggling to recover from a “nasty blow” and is having round-the-clock medical care to get him fit for the crunch clash.
The prolific striker did not make the matchday squad for the Serie A champions’ 1-0 Coppa Italia win against Atalanta on Tuesday night and is now in a race against time to be fit for the second leg at Wembley next Wednesday.
The scoreline is locked at 2-2 following the thriller in Turin and Juventus are doing everything they can to make sure their main man is available for the match in five days’ time.
“Higuain received a nasty blow and is getting special attention from the medical staff,” Marotta said, as quoted by the personal website of Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. “It is nothing serious [long term] but we hope to recover it in the best way.”
Football Insider verdict:
Tottenham’s defenders will be doing cartwheels if the prolific striker can’t make the second leg. Higuain’s track record as one of the most dangerous centre-forwards on the planet speaks for itself. He scored twice in the opening 10 minutes in Turin and could have had a first-half hat-trick before half-time. With 20 goals already this season and 52 in 90 Juve matches, the 30-year-old’s predatory instincts, honed during his goal-laden spells at Napoli and Real Madrid, will be hugely missed by his side if he doesn’t make the second leg. That said, Spurs will be aware that Higuain has not yet been ruled out and that Juventus have not yet given up hope on him playing at Wembley.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have agreed terms to sign up a midfielder in a deal which Daniel Levy shook hands on two months ago.