Tottenham suffer setback with star set to miss hoped injury return date and comeback delayed

Ryan Sessegnon, Son Heung-min, Raphinha Leeds v Tottenham February 2022

Ryan Sessegnon will not return from injury immediately after the international break as Tottenham had hoped, according to a report.

The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in Spurs’ 5-0 Premier League win over Everton earlier in March. The issue ended a remarkable run of form for the player following recent struggles in north London.

Injuries plagued Sessegnon in the 2019/20 campaign – his first at Spurs following a move from Fulham – before he remained a bench player for the rest of the season.

And after his return from a loan spell with Hoffenheim, he has again played only nine times for Tottenham this term. However, six of those came appearances came in a row. That represented his longest streak of game time at the club.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte admitted it was “bad news” when revealing the results of Sessegnon’s scan.

The manager also revealed hopes of seeing the left-back and left midfielder return straight after the international break.

But, ESPN has now claimed that Sessegnon will not meet that recovery timeline.

Instead, the England Under-21 international will miss upcoming Spurs matches against Newcastle and Aston Villa.

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Tottenham are therefore ready to have him back for the Premier League clash with Brighton in north London on April 16.

Sessegnon has started light outdoor training but has not yet rejoined full sessions with the team.

The Englishman impressed in his six-match run, notching an assist in a 4-0 win over Leeds at Elland Road.

He will hope to resume his battle with Sergio Reguilon on the left once he returns.

Sessegnon proving Tottenham worth

Ryan Sessegnon, Tottenham v Everton March 2022

The left-sided player enjoyed a remarkable rise with Fulham in the Championship, hence then-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s interest.

However, he barely featured before the Argentine got the sack due to another hamstring injury.

And he then struggled for minutes under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo this season.

Nevertheless, Conte has shown belief in Sessegnon, leading to his impressive form.

Amid Conte’s desire for top-class wing-backs and wide players, Sessegnon is proving he can fulfil both those roles this season.