TOUGH STRETCH OF GAMES FOR JANSSEN
As you all know by now the results of the scan were inconclusive and no timeframe has been put on his return. I speculated at the time that he may have damaged his ankle ligaments and that appears to be the case. He left the ground in a plastic boot to protect the ankle which he would have done as a precaution anyway.
He could hardly walk off the field and if fact I wonder why he did. With any ankle injury you are only going to make it worse so a stretcher should have been brought on and he should have been carried straight off, regardless of what the referee may have wanted. Putting weight on an injury when you don't know how serious it is is not a good idea.
If Kane is out for 8 weeks that will take us to the 14th November, meaning he would miss 6 Premier League games (Middlesbrough, Manchester City, WBA, Bournemouth, Leicester City and Arsenal) plus 3 Champions League games (CSKA Moscow, and both ties against Bayer Leverkusen).
Wednesday 21 Sept - Gillingham (h) League Cup
Saturday 24 Sept - Middlesbrough (a) Premier League
Tuesday 27 Sept - CSKA Moscow (a) Champions League
Sunday 02 Oct - Manchester City (h) Premier League
We then have a gap from 2nd October until 15th October when we play our next fixture. However this is an international break (3-11 Oct) so our players won't be resting and Vincent Janssen will no doubt be picked by Holland.
There is another international break 7-13 November so Janssen could have racked up 13 fixtures in less than 8 weeks. He is going to need some rest during that time as Holland have two World Cup qualifiers during the October international break against Belarus and France.
During the November international break Holland have a friendly against Belgium then another World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg.
Saturday 15 Oct - WBA (a) Premier League
Tuesday 18 Oct - Bayer Leverkusen (a) Champions League
Saturday 22 Oct - Bournemouth (a) Premier League
Saturday 29 Oct - Leicester City (a) - Premier League
Wednesday 02 Oct - Bayer Leverkusen (h) - Champions League
Sunday 06 Nov - Arsenal (a) Premier League
Saturday 19 Nov - West Ham United (a) - Premier League
Tuesday 22 Nov - Monaco (a) - Champions League
You start to see how his game time is going to have to be managed unless we want him breaking down as well. If one of the midfielders like Son has to play there to give him a rest then the midfielders are going to have to be rotated to allow them the rest to allow that to happen. It will take careful planning.
We have a tough period now where our squad will be tested.