Tottenham go into Thursday night's UEFA Cup clash against NEC Nijmegen reeling from the news that defender Alan Hutton will be out for up to five months with a broken foot.
Spurs were already aware Hutton's injury was a serious one - but confirmation came on Wednesday night of just how bad it is.
A statement on the club's website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com, read: "Alan Hutton is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a fracture in his right foot. The Scottish international defender will now undergo surgery and faces up to five months out of action."
Victory for Spurs at Stadion De Goffert will virtually assure them of a place in the knockout stages, and boss Harry Redknapp could turn to Chris Gunter at right-back - with Hutton sidelined awaiting surgery and Vedran Corluka cup-tied.
Earlier, Redknapp had reported: "It's the same injury that kept him out at the start of the year; they decided not to operate, and it seems to have flared up again."
Captain Ledley King will be rested against NEC; Roman Pavlyuchenko is cup-tied, and Luka Modric (groin) and Giovani dos Santos (ankle) are also out of the clash against the Dutch side.
It means Fraizer Campbell is in line to start in attack.
Campbell wants to win the UEFA Cup with Spurs this season - but his target could be at odds with plans Sir Alex Ferguson has for him.
Manchester United boss Ferguson loaned Campbell on deadline day and last week stated he "could pull him back in January", while Spurs are adamant they have the striker for the rest of the campaign.
"Winning the UEFA Cup would be a great thing," Campbell said. "If I could win it I would be more than happy with how the season has gone."
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