Alex McLeish fears potential injury blows at Tottenham after the “killer” of playing extra-time against Everton.
The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was “incredible” how many games players have been playing in such a short space of time this season.
The likes of first-team regulars Heung-min Son, Hugo Lloris and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played the full 120 minutes against the Toffees, while Harry Kane came off the bench and played for over an hour.
The aforementioned Spurs quartet have featured more than any other players at the club this season, with each having played over 2350 minutes already.
McLeish admitted extra-time was the last thing Tottenham needed on Wednesday night and raised fears of potential injury blows as a result.
On top of their Premier League and FA Cup exertions, Jose Mourinho’s side are also in the League Cup final on 25 April and Europa League knockout stage.
Speaking about the game going to extra-time, McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “That is a killer for the Spurs boys considering the amount of games the players have been playing, it seems like they’re playing every couple of days.
“It’s no surprise to see Southampton last week with two or three youngsters on the bench who have hardly kicked the ball the whole season for the first-team.
“Other injuries, Pep Guardiola had a spate of them earlier in the season, Liverpool have been badly affected with the defenders and one or two others.
“The demands on the guys are incredible and you have to applaud some of them that have been playing because sometimes it gets you mentally as well, you think: ‘I don’t know if I can play another game in two days time and my body’s telling me.’
“No doubt the Spurs boys will be getting pampered by the medical staff, the masseurs, all the machines, I think they’re going to need quite a lot of that through the season.”