Injury expert fears Hojbjerg may have suffered knee ligament damage after analysing Tottenham 'footage'
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could have suffered knee ligament damage but may return to action for Tottenham as early as this Sunday against Leeds United.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Hojbjerg missed both of Denmark’s recent World Cup qualifiers despite being named in Kasper Hjulmand’s 23-man squad.
The midfield lynchpin, 26, was on the receiving end of a Mason Holgate red-card tackle when Spurs drew 0-0 with Everton on 7 November.
Dinnery suggests that this may have led to a dead leg for the former Bayern Munich and Southampton man.
The medical guru dispelled some myths about dead legs and gave his prognosis on Hojbjerg’s injury.
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“If you look at the footage, it was a very high tackle,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It connected with the lateral aspect of the knee, or maybe the lower thigh.
“You’re hoping that there is no ligament or cartilage damage and it is purely down to impact. It could be a dead leg.
“A lot of people dismiss a dead leg and say the player will be back in a couple of days, but that isn’t always the case.
“There are lots of examples where return to play timelines have been stretched.
“But For Hojbjerg, it is positive that he joined up with the national team. After missing the first qualifier, it was hoped that he could return against Scotland.
“We now know that he didn’t, but Denmark had already qualified so there was no need to take the risk.
“So I take that as a good sign and I wouldn’t rule him out a return for him in game week 12.”