Tottenham Hotspur’s injury problems have worsened with the news that Dele Alli faces time on the sidelines after he picked up a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Fulham.
The England international was replaced late in the game by Georges-Kevin N’koudou.
Harry Winks’ injury-time winner guaranteed all three points for Spurs but victory came at a cost when Alli was forced to make a premature exit.
“I think we all saw that it is surely a left hamstring injury,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports.
“We hope it’s not a massive problem but we’ll see.
“We need to assess it in the next few days.”
Alli joins Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama on Tottenham’s injured list and they are also missing Heung Min-Son, who is away on international duty with South Korea.
It is another blow for Spurs, who are now light on options ahead of an important run of fixtures for the North London club.
As well as Premier League games against Watford, Newcastle United and Leicester City in the next three weeks, Tottenham play Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Spurs also travel to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round before the month is out.
The timing of Alli’s injury is particularly unfortunate, coming just days after the club sold Mousa Dembele to Guangzhou R&F.
However, there is some good news for Tottenham as Eric Dier is now back after surgery to remove his appendix and Sissoko could return in early February.
Spurs will wait for the results of scans on Alli’s hamstring before they reveal how long he is going to be out of action for but it seems extremely unlikely that he will feature against Chelsea on Thursday evening (January 24).