TOTTENHAM midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur is set to be ruled out until NOVEMBER after undergoing surgery on his left knee.
The 25-year-old Uruguayan limped off during Spurs’ 4-1 loss to Leicester earlier this month.
It was later confirmed he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
Now, after going under the knife this week, it has been reported he is expected to miss a significant portion of NEXT SEASON.
Bentancur has been a crucial midfielder for Antonio Conte over the past 12 months.
He arrived from Juventus in January of last year and has been ever-present in Tottenham’s side over the last 12 months.
He has already racked up 44 appearances for Spurs, contributing six goals and six assists.
And his absence could prove decisive in Tottenham’s pursuit of the top four this season.
They occupy fourth place heading into this weekend’s fixtures, but only hold a one-point lead over Newcastle in fifth.
They are also still in the Champions League as they bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit against AC Milan on March 8 when they host them in the second leg of their last-16 tie.
Last week, with Yves Bissouma also out injured and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg suspended, Conte was forced to field Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarr in Milan.
But the pair did impress in defeat as Conte prepares to welcome Hojbjerg back into the fold for the return leg.
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