Bentancur out for at least 10 weeks with ankle ligament damage

Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is expected to be sidelined for at least two-and-a-half months after suffering ankle ligament damage against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Bentancur was making his first start for Spurs since February following a serious knee injury only for his return to be cut short after he was on the receiving end of a poor first-half tackle by Matty Cash.

"It is his ankle, I think," Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou said following their 2-1 defeat. "It wasn't a great tackle. I thought he started the game so well and I think it was the reason we got a real good foothold on the game.

"He's such a creative player. It's the last thing we needed. Another injury, so (I'm) disappointed to lose him, but we're yet to see the extent of it."

The Uruguayan sustained the injury in the 28th minute and despite trying to continue, was replaced shortly afterwards by Pierre-Emile HĂžjbjerg

The 26-year-old becomes the latest player on the treatment table at Spurs with Postecoglou without 11 first-team players for the visit of Villa on Sunday.

Despite being depleted, Spurs had 18 shots, three goals disallowed and hit the woodwork twice - and Aston Villa punished their profligacy to move above them into the Premier League's top four.