Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a massive blow, with the club confirming that Ivan Perisic has suffered a “complex” anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
Perisic sustained the injury to his right knee in non-contact training and will undergo surgery to correct the problem, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
The 34-year-old came off the bench for Tottenham in last weekend’s dramatic comeback victory over Sheffield United, playing a crucial role as Ange Postecoglou’s side snatched a 2-1 win at the death.
He set up Richarlison for the equaliser late in stoppage time before the Brazilian turned provider, assisting Dejan Kulusevski for the match-winner.
Perisic is yet to start a Premier League fixture for Spurs this season but has featured in all five games, accumulating 98 minutes of top-flight football.
His only start this season came in the 1-1 Carabao Cup third-round defeat against Fulham, setting up Richarlison for an equaliser before Spurs went on to lose the tie on penalties.
Perisic was expected to be one of several casualties of the Postecoglou revamp over the summer, but he remained with the squad and has delivered several impressive performances.
The former Bayern Munich forward is out of contract in the summer, meaning he has likely played his last game for Tottenham, having joined on a free transfer from Inter Milan last summer.
Despite not being one of the first names on the team sheet, his injury lay-off will come as a blow to Postecoglou’s side, who are preparing for a North London derby against Arsenal next weekend.
Postecoglou’s tenure at Tottenham has gotten off to a flying start, with the North Londoners picking up maximum points in all but one of their Premier League fixtures thus far.
Spurs are one of only four sides yet to taste defeat in the English top flight alongside next weekend’s opponents Arsenal, where they will be eager to deliver another rousing performance.
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