Ange Postecoglou has provided an update on Ben Davies’ injury after he missed Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match against Fulham on Monday.
Spurs won 2-0 to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League after nine games. They did it, however, without Davies, who reportedly missed the game due to a ‘nasty’ knock in training.
Postecoglou stated on Twitter ahead of Tottenham’s league match against Crystal Palace on Friday at Selhurst Park.
“He’s fine [Ben Davies].” He was hit the day before training. It is fair to say that our training occasionally veers dangerously close to the edge, and he unfortunately received a bad one in training.
“It was just a knock, but it was the day before the game, so he couldn’t play.” He’s been trained and is ready to go.”
It’s always good to have players like Davies fit and raring to go. He isn’t really a regular anymore, with Destiny Udogie being our regular left-back and Spurs shifting to a four-man backline.
Davies is a useful asset
But having him on the bench is vital. He can fill in multiple positions in defence and has a lot of experience given how long he has been here. That is always important when you want to see out games with a slender lead.
Davies has played just 133 minutes across five games this season in all competitions. So, it is unlikely that he will start against the Eagles. We can expect Postecoglou to stick with the backline that has worked so far.
The 30-year-old Wales international appears to be nearing the end of his career at Tottenham. His contract has just over 20 months left (Transfermarkt) and there are no signs of a renewal, though one never knows what is going on behind the scenes.
He will have spent a decade with the Spurs by the end of the season. He’s been a tremendous servant to the club, and it’s a shame we don’t have European football this season so he can receive more playing time.
Keeping the broader picture in mind, perhaps Davies would take Tottenham seriously as a title contender if it meant no European football and less playing time for him. Furthermore, there are still domestic cup events in which he can make a significant contribution.