Harry Winks is predicting that Tottenham teammate Erik Lamela can step up to help fill the huge attacking void now left in the team.
Spurs have already had star centre-forward Harry Kane out of action since the beginning of January through injury and were dealt even more bad news on Tuesday.
The North London club confirmed (official website) that Heung-Min Son will undergo surgery after sustaining a fracture in his right arm and will miss a number of weeks.
Versatile attacker Son had stepped in well to fill the central role and was in excellent goalscoring form, but his absence puts the team in big trouble going into huge fixtures.
Spurs face RB Leipzig in the first leg of a last-16 Champions League tie on Wednesday night, before travelling to Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend.
Midfielder Winks is backing the rest of the squad to help chip in with goals to make up for the loss of two crucial players, especially Lamela ahead of his imminent return.
Lamela has missed the last two games across all competitions with a thigh problem, but Spurs confirmed (official Twitter) that he’s being assed ahead of the Leipzig clash.
The 27-year-old winger usually has dreadful luck with injuries, but is desperately required in the coming weeks.
“Whenever anything like this has happened in the past we have still found ways of getting results and scoring goals,” Winks said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“We have more than enough quality and goals in the team elsewhere. And we have [Erik] Lamela coming back from injury as well which will be key for us, so he can contribute as well.”
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho first of all needs to work out who plays in the central role, with Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn or Dele Alli the most likely options.
But they are going to need to spread their goals out between them, while the likes of Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso will be required too.
Lamela has four goals and four assists in 22 games across all competition this season, but needs to try get a regular run of games to build up momentum.