James Maddison has been ruled out of until the new year due to an ankle injury, Ange Postecoglou has confirmed.
Earlier on Friday, before Postecoglou revealed the extent of the injury, Tottenham Hotspur announced his withdrawal from England's upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 matches in a statement, saying he will remain “at Hotspur Way for rehabilitation with the club's medical staff”.
The 26-year-old had been taken off during the first half of Spurs’ 4-1 defeat to Chelsea on Monday night.
Postecoglou then told the club's website: “He got quite a significant ankle injury the other night and was sent for scans. That wasn't great, so he'll be out for a period of time, probably into the new year for him as well."
The loss of Maddison is a major blow as Spurs prepare to visit Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow. They would reclaim top spot for 24 hours at least if they can win at Molineux.
Maddison has been a key figure since joining Spurs this summer from Leicester City, having produced three goals and five assists in 11 league appearances so far and won August’s EA SPORTS Player of the Month award.
His injury is also an issue for Fantasy Premier League managers. With an ownership of 36 per cent, he is the ninth most-popular player in the game.
In addition to Maddison, Spurs have a number of players ruled out through injury and suspension.
“Micky, as we saw the other night, has a fairly significant hamstring injury," he said. "Without putting a firm timeline on it, it's at least a couple of months out for him so we're looking at the new year with him."