Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a fresh injury blow after revealing key defender Jan Vertonghen has been ruled out until December.
Centre back Vertonghen suffered a hamstring injury against Huddersfield in a Premier League clash on September 29.
Vertonghen sustained the injury in a collision with Huddersfield striker Laurent Depoitre early in the game, but continued until half-time, thinking it was a dead leg.
Spurs revealed in a statement that, after monitoring Vertonghen for nearly two weeks, he will be unable to even train again until near the end of the year.
The statement read: 'Further investigation has shown a good initial response to rehabilitation.
'The Belgium international defender will now continue his recovery with a view to returning to full training by December.'
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez last week said Vertonghen would miss the international breaks this month and in November due to the problem.
Spurs are currently suffering from a number of injury worries - Dele Alli is also out with a hamstring problem, although it is expected he will return to action by the end of October.
Left back Danny Rose is also a doubt for upcoming games, after he withdrew from Gareth Southgate's England squad to face Croatia on Friday with a knock.
Christian Eriksen (abdominal), Mousa Dembele (thigh) and Serge Aurier (thigh) have also been absent of late.