Southampton star Armel Bella-Kotchap goes off injured with arm in makeshift sling with fears over dislocated shoulder

ARMEL BELLA-KOTCHAP went off with his arm in a makeshift sling amid fears the Southampton defender has dislocated his shoulder for the second time this season.

Tottenham striker Richarlison and Bella-Kotchup were replaced inside eight minutes of Saturday’s clash – the quickest ever time in the Premier League that two teams in the same match have both made substitutions.

Saints’ star Armel Bella-Kotchap was helped of in the opening minutesCredit: AFP
Tottenham’s Ben Davies consoles Bella-Kotchap amid worries the starlet has suffered a repeat of the dislocated shoulder he suffered last OctoberCredit: Getty

And the Saints’ Germany centre-back was grim-faced as he received treatment for an agonising injury.

The 21-year-old dislocated his shoulder in October but recovered to make the World Cup.

But as he went down on a knee to receive attention this weekend he looked anxious and was consoled by Spurs defender Ben Davies.

Ghanaian Mohammed Salisu instantly came on to replace Bella-Kotchup.


The two-cap German ace had decided against surgery early in the season.

And although that might have helped him go to Qatar in November, it’s unclear if it’s affected the longer-term situation with his shoulder.

Incredibly, both teams also had to take off another player before the break

Loan wideman Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaced Jan Bednarek for Southampton on 34 minutes.

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And soon after Tottenham brought on Ivan Perisic for Davies.

So it was perhaps not surprising that the game appeared to be limping to the interval goalless.

But in stoppage-time Spurs winger Pedro Porro smashed a stunning opener.

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