Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been ruled out of action until early March after the club confirmed the striker had damaged ligaments in his left ankle during the 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.
The England captain limped off the Wembley turf following the defeat and the news comes as a major blow to Mauricio Pochettino, who is already dealing with a squad depleted by other injuries.
Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that @HKane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday's match.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 15, 2019
He will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March. pic.twitter.com/Ot3doPa4K6
A statement on the club's website reads: "
"The striker will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March."
Tottenham are currently without Victor Wanyama, while Mousa Dembele is expected to leave for China at some point during the January transfer window.
The news leaves Pochettino with a conundrum in the attacking third, with Fernando Llorente yet to convince during his performances for the north London side.
Kane is Tottenham's top scorer so far this season with 20 goals, with Son Heung-min, their next most prolific player, now away on international duty with South Korea for the Asian Cup.
Pochettino's side are currently third in the Premier League, one point ahead of Chelsea and seven in front of Arsenal and Manchester United, who both sit on 41 points.