TOTTENHAM have been dealt a blow as new midfielder Giovani Lo Celso is out of action until late October with a hip injury.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that the Argentine had flown back early from international duty after sustaining the knock.
Lo Celso was hurt during his country’s 0-0 draw with Chile on Thursday night but the injury was initially deemed a minor one.
Speaking to reporters after the Los Angeles friendly, he said: “My problem was only a blow, it is not something to worry about.”
But the club’s official statement confirmed: “He will now undergo a period of rehabilitation and is expected to return to training with the first-team towards the end of October.”
Lo Celso, 23, arrived on transfer deadline day on an initial loan from Real Betis that Spurs are set to make permanent for £55million.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has staggered the midfielder’s introduction into the team and afforded him just three appearances off the bench since arriving.
But there is a growing hole in the centre of Tottenham’s midfield with Lo Celso’s absence.
Tanguy Ndombele missed the games with Newcastle and Arsenal due to a thigh problem while Eric Dier has also been carrying a hip knock.
Elsewhere on the pitch, Juan Foyth is out for the rest of the month with an ankle injury and Kyle Walker-Peters has a thigh issue.
Next up for Spurs is a home game against Crystal Palace once the international break ends, before a trip to Olympiacos in the Champions League.