Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a major blow as Jermain Defoe will be out for three months following ankle surgery yesterday.
The Tottenham and England man picked up the injury, ankle ligament damage, on England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday night. And while it was hoped that he would only be out for six weeks the injury is more serious than first thought.
Defoe had been a driving force for England in their opening Euro 2012 match against as he grabbed his first international hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Bulgaria.
He will no face the third match against Montenegro next month.
But the biggest blow is for Tottenham as he will miss thirteen Premier League matches including the group stage of the Champion's League.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Following a review by an ankle specialist, Jermain Defoe underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle yesterday evening (Thursday).
"The striker was forced off with the injury during England's European Championship qualifier in Switzerland on Tuesday and has been ruled out of action for around three months."
This injury news is another blow for Harry Redknapp and Tottenham as Michael Dawson will also be on the sidelines for the next eight weeks with knee and ankle ligament problems.
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