Tottenham Hotspur are set to find out the severity of the ankle injury to striker Jermain Defoe today (Monday), after he limped off the pitch during his side's 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday.
Defoe left the Hawthorns in a protective boot after twisting his ankle during the first-half of their Premier League clash, and is set for a minimum of three weeks on the sidelines.
The news leaves manager Andre Villas-Boas praying for a quick recovery, after failing to strengthen his attacking options in the January transfer window.
"We'll have to scan it to see if there is more damage, but hopefully it will only be two to three weeks," he told the official Tottenham Hotspur website after the game.
"He has some ligament damage to his ankle. We will have to see the full extent of the injury. But we will miss him badly,” he added.
The Spurs boss had tried to sign Brazilian striker Leandro Damaio from Internacional before the deadline, but no deal was done and Villas-Boas believes it was a risk not to bring in another forward last month.
“Obviously we took the risk because we felt we had options. Still we are safe with the options we have. We create a lot as a team. Our goals come from different sources.”
"It is difficult without Defoe but we have to adapt and hope for his comeback as soon as possible, but I think we have goals throughout the squad," he added.
Tottenham's only other front man, Emmanuel Adebayor, is on his way back to north London however, after Togo were knocked out the African Cup of Nations following a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Burkina Faso.
The former Manchester City striker could return for the visit of Newcastle to White Hart Lane on Saturday, with Spurs looking to consolidate their position in the Premier League top four.