Tottenham starlet Troy Parrott is set to miss the Premier League restart after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix.
The 18-year-old 's absence from the first team squad has been a point of contention between José Mourinho and Spurs supporters this season.
After Harry Kane was ruled out with a thigh injury in November, Tottenham were devoid of an out and out striker but Mourinho was reluctant to give fan favourite Parrott a chance.
And the Republic of Ireland international does not look likely to make his first Premier League start any time soon - after having surgery to remove his appendix.
"The young striker was found to have early signs of appendicitis after reporting abdominal pain to our medical staff. He will now undergo a period of recovery before commencing rehabilitation and returning to training later in June," an official statement from the club said.
Parrott has been in fine form for Spurs' Under 19 and Under 23 teams this season, netting six times in four UEFA Youth League appearances and also grabbing three goals in the Premier League 2.
Even if he was fit, the chances of him featuring in Tottenham's first game back against Manchester United were slim.
Spurs have the luxury of a fully fit squad for the first time for several months with Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko all recovering from knocks that had kept them on the sidelines prior to football's suspension back in March.
England captain Kane has also completed his recovery in what is the biggest boost of all for Mourinho's side. Spurs' talisman has managed 17 goals in 25 games so far this season, though speculation has been rife over his long-term future.
A source told 90min in March that Kane's representatives were exploring options for a potential transfer away from north London, with both Manchester clubs leading the chase.