Giovani Lo Celso has had a tough start to life at Tottenham since his summer arrival and he’s been hit by an injury during the international break.
The 23-year-old sustained a hip injury while away on duty with Argentina and was withdrawn from their national squad.
Spurs have confirmed on their official website that the attacking midfielder is not expected to return to first-team training until the end of October.
It’s a devastating blow for the South American playmaker, as he was expected to make a big impact in the squad this season and now faces a spell on the sidelines.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was easing him in during the opening month and he’s featured just three times off the bench so far.
Lo Celso’s injury blow is a major disappointment for him, but it does open the door for Argentine teammate Erik Lamela to benefit.
Lamela has been with the North London club for six years and he’s kicked off this season with four consecutive starts in the Premier League.
The left-footed attacking midfielder scored and assisted in a draw against Manchester City, but hasn’t quite stayed his authority on other games.
It certainly looked like Lo Celso could replace Lamela in a central attacking role after the international break, but the latter is back in the driving seat and should be getting more opportunities to cement his spot in the XI.