Crocked Tottenham Hotspur duo Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue - bought for around a combined £40 million - may have played their last games for the London club.
Spurs' manager Tim Sherwood admitted that the expensive pair are unlikely to recover from respective injuries before the season comes to a close.
Neither have had the desired impact after summer arrivals and the pair between them have made just 21 Premier League appearances.
Lamela has perhaps been the biggest disappointment after the North Londoners smashed their transfer record to sign the Argentine.
The 22-year-old has been linked with an exit from White Hart Lane after just one season, and his back injury may mean that fans have seen the last of the former Roma man.
"He's probably not going to play this season. He's been out a very long time; he's going to need a pre-season before he can play," Sherwood responded when quizzed about the winger.
"He's been unfortunate with injuries and it's a shame that he's picked up the knocks because, taking the settling-in period aside, how are you meant to settle when you can't go out there and perform because you've had this serious back injury?"
Meanwhile Capoue was told he could leave the club in January, and his ankle problem may have also put pay to life at Tottenham.
On the Frenchman's chances of appearing again this campiagn, Sherwood continued: "I am not sure how far he is away, but it is very doubtful whether he will play between now and the end of the season."
Lamela and Capoue were bought in by former manager Andre Villas-Boas last year amid an hectic £100 million dash for new players following the record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
AVB was sacked for failing to guide the Londoners towards Champions League football and Sherwood, his replacement, faces the same outcome after an initial upturn in results didn't come to fruition.
They are currenly sixth in the Premier League on what was expected to be a campaign where they challenged for the title.
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