Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul has been ruled out of Spurs' lineup for the next four months following a knee injury.
On Thursday morning, Kaboul tweeted from his official Twitter account to tell fans in North London that surgery on the injured knee was a "success" and that he's "looking forward to rehab," but that fans shouldn't expect him back out on the pitch until at least January.
It's a devastating injury for new manager Andre Villas-Boas as he now has a thinner group of centre-backs at his disposal. He also has less cash to work with in the transfer market now that Michael Dawson will most likely remain with the team.
The injury occurred in training leading up to last weekend's match against West Bromwich Albion.
Kaboul has had consistent problems with his knees, forcing him out for significant stretches of the league calendar. Knee problems also kept Kaboul out of this summer's Euros tournament.
Tottenham fans have already lived through one centre-back playing with chronic knee problems. They don't need another. Former Spurs centre-back Ledley King suffered knee problems early in his career that forced him out of international duty with England and contributed to his early retirement this summer at the young age of 31.
Kaboul will be sorely missed as his Spurs try to build a lead in the league table going into the winter. His 6'0" frame was an incredible asset in the air and his skills at tackles and interceptions were highly valued by goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
He likes to dribble, even in a seemingly chaotic penalty area, but that's because his confidence in his technical ability is sky high.
The centre-backs on Tottenham's roster as of now are Jan Vertonghen, William Gallas, Michael Dawson and Steve Caulker. Vertonghen, with his £9 million, according to ESPN, is obviously one of the starters on the four-man back line.
The question is who will pair with him—Gallas, Dawson or Caulker?