By Noel Whelan

10th Sep, 2021 | 6:45am

'Nuno's worst nightmare' as Tottenham injury picture emerges - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Tottenham have been dealt a “manager’s nightmare” with Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn injury doubts against Crystal Palace.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the pair’s possible absences have come at a “horrible time” for Spurs.

Bergwijn was pictured in heavy strapping and with an ice pack on his foot after coming off in the Netherlands’ win over Turkey on Tuesday.

The Evening Standard (9th September) claim the Dutch winger faces a fitness test alongside Heung-min Son and Oliver Skipp.

The South Korea star picked up a calf injury on while on international duty.

He missed the 1-0 win over Lebanon on Tuesday.

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Tottenham play Palace in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Whelan insisted Son and Bergwijn had been standout performers for Spurs this season.

“It’s Nuno’s worst nightmare, isn’t it?” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“They’re sending these players off at the beginning of the season for international duty, praying and hoping they don’t come back with niggles or injuries.

“That’s the worry for clubs when they have successful players that they will be called up to international duty. Unfortunately, it’s come at a really horrible time.

“They’ve started the season really well and two really important players for them, who have started the season so well, could be missing.

“It’s a bit of a headache but this is going to test the manager’s resolve now. How much strength in depth of players do they have if they can’t get fit for the weekend?”

Son has scored twice in Spurs’ opening three Premier League games.

Bergwijn has also started the Lilywhites’ league matches but is yet to contribute directly to a goal.

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