Alex Pritchard leaves stadium on crutches after England U21s' Sweden win

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

The Tottenham youngster, who has been a star on loan at Brentford in the season just finished, will have been looking to catch the eye in the Czech Republic.

Tottenham fans will be concerned with footage of Alex Pritchard, shot by journalist Simon Peach, leaving Andruv Stadion in the Czech Republic on crutches and with his foot in a protective boot following England Under-21s' 1-0 win over Sweden.

His replacement Jesse Lingard had scored a late winner in what was a tight contest between the two countries, but Pritchard's participation in the rest of the tournament may now be in doubt as he went off before the hour in Olomouc.

Telegraph journalist Henry Winter quoted Gareth Southgate as saying Pritchard's injury 'doesn't look good' as he spoke to the media after the match.

The 22-year-old was given a starting role against the Swedes after his impressive cameo in the loss to Portugal earlier in the week, and he again looked lively until he was caught on the ankle with a challenge by defender Ludwig Augustinsson.

It would be a huge blow for Pritchard if he would miss the rest of the Championships, but it would also undermine his attempts to gatecrash the Spurs first team squad after what has been a superb season with Brentford in the Championship.

The attacking midfielder netted 12 goals and assisted 7 more, but if he has severely damaged his ankle, he may struggle to be involved in Tottenham's preseason plans, where he would have been hoping to make an impact. 

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