Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the rest of the season, the club has confirmed.
The 25-year-old Argentinian requires surgery on the hip injury which has kept him on the sidelines since November.
Spurs revealed the bad news on their official Twitter account.
They wrote: “Erik Lamela is to undergo surgery on his hip on Saturday. This will result in Erik returning to action next season.
“The Argentina international has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation process following the injury in November.
“The player has achieved a good level of function, however he has been unable to reach the stage required to make a full return to training.
“Therefore, following ongoing extensive consultation with specialists, surgery has been agreed by all as the best course of action.”
Lamela, who joined Spurs from Roma in 2013, enjoyed a fine season last term with 13 goals.
However, he has been unable to hit those heights this time around, finding the net just twice in 14 appearances before succumbing to his hip problem.