Thursday 08 March 2012
Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson is set to miss the rest of the Barclays Premier League season after suffering a serious ankle injury against Stevenage on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Chris Beardsley during the early stages of the FA Cup fifth-round replay at White Hart Lane, which Tottenham won 3-1.
Tests have confirmed that Dawson suffered an ankle ligament injury, with Spurs expecting the England international to be out for three months.
"It's a big loss, he is a big professional"
- Harry Redknapp
"Scans have determined that Michael Dawson is likely to be absent for a period of 10-12 weeks," read a Tottenham statement.
"The central defender was stretchered off in the first half of the FA Cup tie against Stevenage last night, with it now confirmed that he suffered a ruptured ligament in his right ankle."
It is another blow for Dawson, who has made only eight League appearances this campaign after spending four months on the sidelines with an Achilles tendon injury.
The injury also puts his participation in England's Euro 2012 campaign in serious doubt.
Speaking after the victory over Stevenage, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said: "Michael Dawson looks like he has got a really bad injury, which is a massive blow for Michael and everybody.
"It's a big loss, he is a big professional. You want him around your team, that's for sure."