Although Tottenham continued their impressive climb up the table with a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, it came at a heavy cost. Both Sandro and William Gallas tore their calf muscles in the game.
The loss of William Gallas shouldn't hurt Tottenham too much. Gallas has looked rather poor in the games he has played in, and his injury arrives at a time when Michael Dawson and Ledley King should both be approaching full match fitness.
Sebastian Bassong still makes for a capable enough fifth-choice center back, and with Christopher Samba rumors stronger than ever, I wouldn't be surprised to seem him at White Hart Lane before the end of January.
But Sandro is a different story. Technically speaking, Tottenham have three replacements for Sandro alongside Luka Modric: They are Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker.
But all of these players are much more central midfielders than they are defensive midfielders. Their tackling, as well as their ability to read and break up play, isn't on par with Sandro.
Furthermore, they themselves aren't in perfect health. Tom Huddlestone is still not expected to return until February, while Scott Parker and Jake Livermore have minor injuries which they should both return from in about a week.
Taking this all into account, it might be wise for Tottenham to recruit a defensive midfielder to compensate for the loss of Sandro. A Wilson Palacios-type player, back when he was at his best.
Here are five of the best current possible replacements on the market.