Updates from Friday, May 9
Etienne Capoue could make a return to Tottenham's first team when they host Aston Villa on Sunday.
Tim Sherwood revealed, via Spurs' official Twitter:
On team news, Tim reported that Etienne Capoue is back in contention, but Jan Vertonghen not ready to return.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 9, 2014
Etienne Capoue's Sunday was over quickly, as the 25-year-old midfielder was injured and subbed off in the 14th minute in Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League fixture against Norwich City:
12 - Early change for us - Chadli for Capoue, who limps off.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 23, 2014
Capoue returned to the bench, albeit with a pair of crutches, per Squawka:
PHOTO: Etienne Capoue makes his way to the bench on crutches after sustaining an injury in the 13th minute. pic.twitter.com/bWfcIrJLu6— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 23, 2014
This has been a tough season for the French midfielder. Since moving to White Hart Lane in the summer, the former Toulouse star has appeared in 12 of Spurs' 27 league matches. Paulinho, Moussa Dembele and Christian Eriksen has often been the club's preferred midfield combination, leaving Capoue out in the cold.
This injury won't help matters, either.
Not much is known about the problem, but the sight of Capoue on crutches isn't reassuring. Should he miss serious time, it would push him further down the pecking order and hinder Tottenham's campaign for the top four.
Although Capoue isn't a regular first-team member, Tim Sherwood will need him to boost the squad depth as the season reaches its critical stages.