Tottenham star Lo Celso set for spell on the sidelines

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Giovani Lo Celso is not yet ready to feature regularly and he will not be rushed into action.

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed summer arrival Giovani Lo Celso will be out of action for around six weeks due to a hip injury.

Lo Celso arrived at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a season-long loan from Real Betis this summer and last season’s Champions League finalists reportedly have the option to make the move permanent.

The 23-year-old has gradually been adjusting to life in England and has made three Premier League appearances to date, coming off the bench against Manchester City, Newcastle United and Arsenal.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino did admit towards the end of August that the midfielder wasn’t ready to start for Spurs due to him being miles away from what is required to cut it in the top flight.

Despite playing just 44 minutes of league football this season, Lo Celso was included in Argentina’s squad for the current international break and he started the fiery 0-0 ‘friendly’ draw against Chile on Friday.

The Rosario-born star was on the receiving end of a fierce challenge from Chile’s Charles Aranguiz, who was lucky not to be handed a second caution when he caught his opponent above the foot with a studs-up tackle in the first half.

Lo Celso had initially played down fears he had suffered a bad injury but, after undergoing scans following his withdrawal from the international squad, Spurs have confirmed the Argentine will be out of action until the end of October.

“Giovani Lo Celso has returned early to Hotspur Way after being withdrawn from the Argentina squad due to a hip injury,” a club statement read. “The attacking midfielder sustained the injury during his national teamโ€™s match against Chile.

“He will now undergo a period of rehabilitation and is expected to return to training with the first team towards the end of October.”

Lo Celso will now miss the league games against Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Southampton, Brighton and Watford, while he will also be unavailable for the Champions League matches with Olympiakos, Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade.