Tottenham Hotspur injury pain - Capoue stretchered off and could face lengthy lay-off

Etienne Capoue suffered a nasty looking injury after Santi Cazorla collapsed on his lower leg in the North London Derby.

Etienne Capoue is just one of several big name signings made by Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Snapping him up from under the noses of Cardiff City the demonstrative and combative midfielder was brought in from Toulouse with a reputation as a powerful and talismanic holding midfield man - who was also not afraid to charge into opposing boxes.

His arrival was supposed to see him become the long-term successor to Scott Parker, who was allowed to join Fulham this summer.

But he came off in the game against Arsenal this evening in the 70th minute for the recently returned (and now bald) Brazilian international Sandro.

And his return from what was a season ending injury at the beginning of last season could not come at a more timely moment - as it appears the injury to Capoue was severe.

He was locked in arms with Santi Cazorla for the ball when Cazorla took a tumble, and handled the ball in an attempt to win a free-kick.

In the end all he managed to do was give Spurs a free-kick - and send Capoue out of the action.

The full body weight of Cazorla appeared to land on the lower shin of the French international - leaving endless possibilities to the type of damage that could have been done.

One thing for sure is that Capoue was in extreme agony.

He was carried off with gas and air, whilst also being covered in a heat blanket, such was the severity of the injury.

Spurs fans will now have to wait with baited breath for news of the injury severity, but judging by the reaction of the player and medical staff he will certainly be out for France’s upcoming internationals - and in all honesty it appears he will be out for a lot longer than that.

How serious do you think the injury is?

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