Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has confirmed that he will miss the showdown against Liverpool this afternoon.
The Brazilian joined from Corinthians in a £17 million summer move, and has scored four goals in 24 Premier League appearances to date.
Tottenham will look to reinvigorate their pursuit of a top four finish with all three points against Liverpool at Anfield later today - however they will have to do it without the 25-year-old, who has confirmed this morning via Twitter that he will miss the game because of conjunctivitis.
Spurs are already struggling badly with injuries without this latest blow. Kyle Walker, Emmanuel Adebayor, Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches will all miss the game - although Michael Dawson could make a comeback and Mousa Dembele is nearing full fitness.
Liverpool on the other hand go into the game on the back of seven straight league wins with no new injury doubts following their mid-week 2-1 win against Sunderland.
Paulinho has enjoyed mixed fortunes since heading to White Hart Lane last year, and having initially impressed hasn't started a league fixture since the 1-0 win against Cardiff at the start of the month.
That has prompted rumours that he could be off at the end of the season, with a host of Italian clubs said to be monitoring his situation.
The Brazilian international admitted in an interview with Globo Esporte that he isn't enjoying watching the action from the sidelines.
"I always want to play," Paulinho told Globo Esporte. "I understand the team rotation because that's how it works here, but I am not feeling well or comfortable. I want to be present, I want to play.
"The language is the most complicated thing as I am lazy about studying. I am learning little by little, but I don't understand everything.
"The football language is easier, that's not a problem on the pitch."