Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp has been new blood in the first-team squad this season and only made his first senior appearance in October.
The 18-year-old midfielder has now featured eight times for Spurs and he may now be under pressure to fill a huge senior role in the upcoming weeks.
According to the Evening Standard, Moussa Sissoko is set to be ruled out of action for a month after sustaining a groin injury in the defeat to Manchester United.
He is another casualty that Spurs have picked up in recent times, as Harry Kane was also injured against Manchester United and is sidelined until March.
Sissoko’s absence will leave just Harry Winks as the only senior central midfield option in the squad, with Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier both already out of action.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino does have the option to drop Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli into deeper positions, but they may be needed in the attacking third to help cover the loss of Kane’s goals.
Skipp has come into the picture in the past few months and he may now be relied upon in upcoming fixtures more heavily.
The north London club still have Fulham and Watford to face in the Premier League, plus Chelsea and Crystal Palace in cup fixtures during January.
Skipp is a central midfielder that is comfortable on the ball and has a good range of passing, and fans can expect to see much more of the academy graduate.
But Sissoko’s form has been excellent recently following a huge turnaround and it will be difficult to match his impact.