Tottenham will be able to cope with the absence of Japhet Tanganga after his injury blow, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes Jose Mourinho has enough cover at full-back heading into the final stage of the season.
The Telegraph report that the 21-year-old has suffered a stress fracture in his back but that there is hope he will feature for Spurs again before the end of the campaign.
Tanganga had been a mainstay for Mourinho prior to the lockdown, with six starts in eight Premier League games.
However, Whelan, who compared the defender’s injury to that suffered by Marcus Rashford earlier this year, insists that Spurs will be able to get by without the versatile youngster.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s similar to Rashford really, isn’t it? He’s got the injury at the wrong time but saying that, looking at Tottenham, it’s a position you can fill better than a centre forward.
“You can put players in that position – if it was a centre-half, you’d worry, a striker, you’d worry – but having Sissoko, Son and Harry Kane back, they’re three very influential players in an influential part of the field.
“That wing-back role, you can fill – having those three back is so big for Tottenham.”
Tanganga, who broke through the youth ranks as a centre-back, has filled in on both sides of the defence as well as at the heart of the backline this season.
Mourinho opted to play a back four of Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Ben Davies in Friday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
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