A long term injury could prevent Tottenham Hotspur owned Milos Veljkovic from returning to White Hart Lane.
The Northern Echo has reported that Rhys Williams is effectively ruled out for the rest of Middlesbrough’s season and as a result Boro boss Aitor Karanka will try and keep Serbian defender Veljkovic for the rest of the campaign.
Veljkovic is due to return to Spurs in the middle of this month, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino likely to have been toying with the idea of using him in his first team.
“Middlesbrough’s plans to keep Serbian Milos Veljkovic on Teeside have intensified after learning Rhys Williams will be fortunate to play again this season,” reports the NE.
“The true extent of Williams’ latest injury heartache is likely to be determined in the next 48 hours, although Aitor Karanka has already been warned to expect to be without him for the long term.”
“Williams’ latest lay-off has increased the need for Boro to keep Veljkovic for a further period. His loan from Tottenham is due to expire in the middle of the month and he can play in midfield or in defence.”
Veljkovic has been used in both defence and midfield by Karanka this season, showing an ability to adapt to a new position which would also have impressed the Tottenham boss.
What works in Boro’s favour is the fact that Pochettino seems to have stumbled across a settled defensive system, with DeAndre Yedlin providing cover on the right hand side, with options for Pochettino in all other roles.
He’s getting games at Middlesbrough and he’s showing progress and there’s no reason an agreement to cover the next few months can’t be worked out, as there are benefits for all parties.