Tottenham Hotspur could be without their main playmaker, Luca Modric, for the first leg Champions League last 16 tie in Milan, after the star has his appendix removed.
The player is expected to be out for two weeks, and with the tie due to be played on 15th February, faces a race against time to be fit.
The midfielder had been suffering from appendicitis and his club confirmed this morning that their Croatian international had undergone surgery last night.
The player will have to sit out this evenings trip to Blackburn, as well as Bolton at home on Saturday and the long trip to Sunderland the following weekend.
Tottenham said in a statement: “Luka Modric has undergone surgery to remove his appendix.
“The Croatia midfielder was diagnosed with acute appendicitis after contacting our medical staff complaining of abdominal discomfort. He is likely to be sidelined for around two weeks.”