Tottenham Hotspur’s injury worries have significantly worsened after Dele Alli was ruled out until March with a hamstring strain.
Alli could now be absent for up to 10 games with the injury, which he picked up in the latter stages of Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The 22-year-old will miss the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Thursday and will not be available for the final, on February 24, should Spurs hold onto their slender first-leg lead.
Alli will also be out of the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund, and could miss the second leg in Germany on March 5. Both Alli and Harry Kane, who is out with an ankle ligament injury, are now major doubts for the north London derby on the first weekend of March.
In a brief message on Twitter, Alli said: “Gutted. I will do everything in my power to return as quick as possible.”
The severity of Alli’s injury represents another major blow for Spurs, who are already without Kane and Son Heung-Min, their two leading goalscorers this season, for upcoming matches.