Tottenham Hotspur have received a huge blow, with Giovani Lo Celso having suffered a hip injury on international duty.
The attacking midfielder limped out for Argentina during their game with Chile, and the club have confirmed he will not return to training until the end of October.
Lo Celso had returned to Spurs early, and an initial prognosis left club medics concerned.
The development will be deeply frustrating for Lo Celso who has struggled to get minutes so far at his new club.
Lo Celso has made a few cameo appearances for Spurs, but is yet to start a game under Mauricio Pochettino following his move from Real Betis.
The South American will now begin his recovery, and his absence will surely make for an easier return to the first-team for Dele Alli.
Alli made his first appearance of the season against Arsenal before the international break after being introduced as a second half substitute.
The England international had been nursing a hamstring injury, but is fully fit again now.
One has to imagine that Lo Celso’s unfortunate injury will likely make it much easier for Alli to reclaim a place in the starting XI.
Alli will inevitably get a run of starts and he must make full use of the time Lo Celso is out of action. Currently, there are question marks against the 23-year-old having been inconsistent last term.