Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has been sidelined by injury since April 9, when he played 81 minutes in the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.
This week, the Englishman confirmed he underwent surgery to fix his hip and groin issue, which rules him out of playing until at least June.
There is a small possibility that Winks could return for the Champions League final if Tottenham qualify, but the absence of the creative midfielder from Spurs’ Premier League run-in is a massive blow.
The North London side slumped to a disappointing 1-0 home loss to West Ham United at their new stadium on Saturday — the club’s first defeat and the first goal they have conceded at their new home.
Tottenham failed to score having created few, if any, good scoring opportunities all match, a similar problem they faced against lowly Brighton and Hove Albion before they were rescued by a late Christian Eriksen strike.
With Spurs facing Bournemouth and Everton in their final two Premier League matches, the club needs all the help they can get to secure a top-four finish. Already without Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko, Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is being severely stretched.
Winks’ injury and surgery could not have come at a worse time for Tottenham, leaving the club short of central midfield options for the most important Premier League matches of the campaign.