By Richard Parks
Tottenham fans have reacted with scepticism on Twitter after it emerged that Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is likely to miss the Champions League showdown between the clubs next week.
Juve manager Massimo Allegri revealed in the aftermath of his side’s 1-0 Coppa Italia triumph over Atalanta on Wednesday night, which secured his side a place in the final, that the Argentine is struggling to recover from an ankle injury suffered in a league match against Torino a week-and-a-half ago.
The prolific striker did not even make the matchday squad against Atalanta 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 but Allegri is not willing to risk Higuain’s long-term fitness just to play him in London.
“As for Gonzalo Higuain, risking him for one game makes no sense,” said Allegri, as quoted by Football Italia. “We want him back in shape going forward.
“Higuain is not available right now, he hasn’t trained for a few days and we’ll see if he is available on Saturday. That is the most important game right now, because London and Tottenham can wait. It’s not an obsession.”
Higuain has an excellent scoring record for Juventus, netting 20 times from 35 matches this season, and is widely regarded as one of the outstanding front men in world football.
Spurs fans are sceptical that he will actually be absent for the mouthwatering Wembley clash in six days’ time, with a number claiming that they fully expect him to have recovered for such a key match.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
His dad Dybala will be fit though! And he’s a lot more dangerous than Gonzalo! But trust in the team #COYS
— Shreyas Rao (@Spurs_Shreyas) February 28, 2018
He’s not missing I guarantee it
— Hotspur Banter (@Hotspur_Banter) February 28, 2018
In fairness those ankles are supporting a large chunky frame????
— Dubspurs (@Dubswede) February 28, 2018
I don’t believe this for a second. He’ll be there.
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) February 28, 2018
Maybe he is in the sub for that game
— Patrick Spurs (@Hilton1Patrick) February 28, 2018
Give the voodoo man a contract. He’s doing a great job ???????????? pic.twitter.com/r7aELJcWM3
— GiovanniVanKane (@GiovanniVanBale) February 28, 2018
In other Tottenham news, a forward has agreed the terms of a contract with the club in a huge move.