Tottenham may be facing a major setback as Sandro faces a season-ending knee injury.
The Brazilian midfielder limped off the field in the 25th minute of Spurs' Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday after falling awkwardly on his knee.
After the match, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas played down the injury, saying, "He should be fine. He felt a big knock on the knee and thought there was ligament damage but on a further look it looks okay."
However, the injury to Sandro was clearly worse than AVB had originally thought, as Tottenham confirmed on their official website that the Brazilian underwent knee surgery yesterday.
Now, reports claim that the 23-year-old central midfielder, who has started every Premier League match this season, could be sidelined throughout the rest of the season.
Sorry guys, but this one really got me, the beast is hurt... instagr.am/p/UjTi7zOajq/— Sandro Raniere (@sandroraniere) January 16, 2013
The injury throws a wrench into Spurs' plans this January transfer window, as it reduces their depth in the center of midfield.
Luckily, Scott Parker seems just about back to full fitness after an Achilles injury from the summer. Parker could fit right into Sandro's spot and provide the defensive midfield work that the Brazilian had been doing so well this season.
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Further, Tom Huddlestone would provide cover at the position, as he did for Sandro when Parker was injured for the first few months of the season.
Finally, the Guardian is reporting that Spurs are considering their options with new signing Lewis Holtby, who could add even more depth in the midfield. The club had agreed to bring the German in during the summer but are now discussing a possible move from Schalke this month.
Add in another possible January signing, and the side looks covered at the position.
In any event, the loss of Sandro is not preferable and causes some problems for Tottenham, especially if another injury were to occur to their midfield players.
Thankfully, though, Spurs' unit seems capable of overcoming this setback.
Still, the center of the midfield should be an interesting area to watch over the last part of the season.
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