Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his knee, the club has confirmed.
Tanganga has missed the last several weeks with a knee problem but had been expected to return before the end of the campaign.
However, Spurs have now announced the 22-year-old will not play again this season having undergone surgery.
Generally knee surgery means a player will miss several months of action, so Tanganga likely faces a race to be fit for the beginning of next term.
The centre-back, who can also play on the right, had been in and out of the team under Antonio Conte.
The Tottenham manager has seemingly settled of his preferred back three of Cristian Romero, Eric Dier and Ben Davies, sometimes using Davinson Sanchez in reserve.
And with Spurs almost certain to strengthen at centre-back in the summer transfer window, Tanganga could find his game time further reduced next season.
That said, he will be a useful option when he returns to action – here’s to a speedy recovery.