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Sunday 26 January 2020

Sissoko out of action for Spurs until April

Moussa Sissoko. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Moussa Sissoko. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Tottenham have been handed another injury blow following the news that midfielder Moussa Sissoko is set to be sidelined until April after undergoing knee surgery.

The 30-year-old France international was ruled out of the FA Cup third-round draw at Middlesbrough at the weekend and the club confirmed yesterday that he has since gone under the knife.

The news presents further headaches for Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who is already without a number of key players having lost talisman Harry Kane to a hamstring tear. Kane suffered his injury during the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day, with Sissoko's knee issue also occurring at St Mary's.

"Following a clinical assessment and scans, Moussa Sissoko has today (Tuesday) undergone surgery to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee," a Tottenham statement read.

"Our medical staff will monitor Moussa's recovery before he commences rehabilitation with a view to returning to training in early April."

Defeats against two of his former clubs - Manchester United and Chelsea - as well as the Saints loss have seen the momentum of Mourinho's appointment fade.

Add to that draws at Norwich and at Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup and Spurs are struggling for form.

Runaway league leaders Liverpool visit Spurs on Saturday before the third-round replay against Middlesbrough three days later.

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