Soccer-Spurs lose Richarlison for up to a month in 'disruptive season'

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LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison could be out of action for a month due to a knee problem, Ange Postecoglou said on Friday, in another injury blow as they look to reclaim a top-four spot.

The forward was in a rich vein of form recently, scoring 11 goals including 10 in the Premier League, but picked up the injury in a 2-1 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month.

"Richarlison is out for three to four weeks. He picked up a bit of a knee injury in the last game," Postecoglou told reporters ahead of Saturday's game with visiting Crystal Palace.

"It's disappointing as he's been a key contributor but that's how our season has gone. We get back, we lose one, we'll have to compensate him being out."

Postecoglou said Ryan Sessegnon has also had a setback after an operation on his right hamstring this week. The wing back has had several muscle injuries in recent seasons.

"It's a tough one, it's through no fault of his own, he's worked hard to come back," Postecoglou said.

"It's always challenging when it happens as a series of events and he hasn't had any reward for all his hard work of rehab in terms of getting out there to play.

"He's had surgery, he's a positive guy and he's been through this before, so hopefully that helps."

Postecoglou said left back Destiny Udogie could return from a knee injury after training well but right back Pedro Porro needs another week to recover from a strain.

Spurs are fifth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa with a game in hand, and Postecoglou said the two-week break after losing at home to Wolves was not ideal.

Spurs did not play last weekend with their scheduld opponents Chelsea involved in the League Cup final.

"It's been a very disruptive season for us, apart from the first 10 or 11 games. We had momentum and rhythm," added Postecoglou.

"We've had stops and starts to our season. We've got a couple of games then there's an international break. At least after that we'll have regular football until the end of the year."

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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