After latest injury news, are Alex Pritchard's Tottenham Hotspur prospects dwindling?

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

The young midfielder is due for an extended spell on the sidelines.

Spurs today announced – via their official website – that young prospect Alex Pritchard has undergone surgery and will not return to training until the new year.

The 22-year old enjoyed a superb campaign on loan at Brentford last season and was expected to launch an assault on Tottenham’s first team this term.

His plans were scuppered after an ankle injury, which ended his Under-21 European Championship participation back in June, dragged on into pre-season and denied him a fair crack of the whip.

He fought his way back to fitness and made his sole appearance of the season in the fourth round of Premier League fixtures at home to Everton.

The expectation was that he would then kick on and push for a first-team spot but he has since failed to appear, suggesting the injury was more serious than first thought.

The surgery and subsequent recovery period have all but brought an end to any hope of this being Pritchard’s breakthrough season at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino likes to ease players in slowly from an injury setback and if the talented midfielder is only returning to training in the new year, an appearance before January seems unlikely.

It’s clear that this season hasn’t gone how the Spurs academy product would have wanted but might there be greater ramifications for his long-term future?

Pritchard had a chance to stake a claim this season with Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend underwhelming and new boys Heung-Min Son and Clinton N’Jie needing time to settle.

By the time the youngster returns to action N’Jie will have adapted to his surroundings and should be a key figure in the Spurs team.

Son has started like a house on fire and Lamela has made great strides this season while Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen remain regulars, meaning Pritchard will have his work cut out if he is to dislodge any of those.

The January transfer window could reduce his prospects further, with the very real possibility of an attacking signing adding even more competition for places.

The former Brentford loanee is clearly a talented player who is rated very highly by the club, but his unfortunate fitness issues have now made breaking into the Spurs first-team a nigh-on impossible task.

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