Tottenham Hotspur defender Micky van de Ven may be closing in on his first-team return from injury, according to Dr Rajpal Brar.
Paul O’Keefe, an agent close to Spurs, reported on 14 December that the Dutchman has stepped up his efforts in training and is doing individual work on the grass.
The injury expert believes that this is likely a positive sign and his hamstring injury is more of a moderate grade rather than a complete rupture as that would have ruled him out for three months.
Discussing the state of play with van de Ven exclusively with Tottenham News, Dr Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said: “His routine will be methodically progressing his strength and mobility while getting back to more sport-specific actions.
“In terms of timeline, don’t believe Tottenham gave anything specific originally but there were reports of late January or early February so his return so quickly is likely a positive sign and he could be back sooner.
His setback is sounding more like a moderate grade injury rather than a complete rupture which would be over three months out.”
The Dutchman arrived in the summer to very little fanfare but quickly proved why Spurs wanted to bring him to the club.
“It’s never easy to negotiate with German clubs. They always want good payments terms, this is also part of the conversation, it’s not just about the fee but in how many years to pay that money. But the negotiation is ongoing. From the player, from what I hear, there is a green light – Micky van de Ven wants to join Tottenham. It’s between clubs now.”
Tottenham could end up paying around £30m for Van de Ven but as with most deals, payment structure is preventing things from being signed, sealed and delivered.
Time to push
Things are going quite well for Tottenham this summer. The signing of James Maddison has laid down a big marker and it’s now vital they follow that up with others.
The addition of the ‘exceptional‘ Van de Ven would no doubt be a good one. Still a young man but already with good experience behind him, the Dutchman is just what Postecoglou is looking for.
Getting the right partner for Cristian Romero is key for Spurs and Van de Van could be that man.