Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a major blow with the news that playmaker Niko Kranjcar will not play again this season.
The Croatia international picked up an ankle injury in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to former club Portsmouth and although he played on at Wembley after picking up the knock, he was forced to miss the 2-1 midweek win over north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
After undergoing further tests, it was revealed that the issue is more concerning than first thought and he will need an operation to cure the problem, ruling him out of the final five games of the Premier League season as Spurs look to keep the pressure on top-four challengers Manchester City.
Kranjcar, who has made 32 appearances in all competition this term, scoring eight goals, will be a telling miss as the season comes to a close and boss Harry Redknapp has hailed his talismanic midfielder for showing bravery in the heartbreaking loss to Pompey.
Speaking to reporters, Redknapp said: "The courage he showed was amazing to play on. He'll need a nasty operation."