Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp will not play again this season after undergoing surgery in America, the Premier League club have announced.
The 21-year-old, who last week signed a new five-year contract, has not played since January because of a persistent pelvic injury. It was hoped he would be able to feature in the closing matches of the season.
However, that has proved not to be the case after confirmation of his absence.
A statement on the club’s website said: “We can confirm that Oliver Skipp has undergone surgery in America this morning (Tuesday 26 April) to repair a pubis injury and will be out for the remainder of the season.”
Spurs said Skipp was “expected to return to training for the pre-season period”.
Academy graduate Skipp, who made his debut against West Ham in October 2018, has 52 senior appearances to his name.
He spent last season on loan at Norwich and helped them win the Sky Bet Championship title.
Skipp, who signed for Spurs as an under-nine, has played 28 times for the club this season.
He has made 18 of those appearances in the Premier League. However, he has not kicked a ball in anger since the 2-0 league defeat at Chelsea on January 23.
Tottenham look to get back to winning ways
Tottenham are back in action on Sunday when they face Leicester at home in the Premier League.
Antonio Conte will be looking for his side to return to winning ways after two games without a victory. Spurs have also failed to register a shot on target in those two outings and are now two points behind north London rivals Arsenal in the race for Champions League football.
The need to beat the Foxes will be even more important, given that their next outing after that is a trip to Anfield.