Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out until early March after injuring his hamstring against Fulham last weekend.
The England midfielder was forced off on 86 minutes at Craven Cottage.
Scans have now confirmed that Alli will resume training in six weeks, which is a nightmare scenario for sticken Tottenham.
They already have Harry Kane out for the same length of time, and Heung-min Son is still away on Asia Cup duty.
Victor Wanyama remains sidelined with a knee problem.
Taking to Twitter, Alli said: “Gutted. I will do everything in my power to return as quick as possible. Thank you for all the messages.”
The chance Skipp has been waiting for?
With so many injury problems, perhaps there will be a first-team chance for youngster Oliver Skipp.
Skipp is a highly promising central midfielder, who made his debut against Southampton this season.
He’s been handed a few cameos thus far by Pochettino, and one start against Burnley.
Alli’s injury might hand him another chance, with Eric Dier still working his way back to full match fitness.
Pochettino may wish to utilise Christian Eriksen in a more advanced midfield role and deploy Skipp alongside Harry Winks.
Alli’s injury is a big blow, but Eriksen can certainly fill his void as a number 10, with Erik Lamela wide right.