Tottenham were dealt a major blow ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against Liverpool, as Brazilian midfielder Paulinho announced he would not be able to play because of an injury to his eye, as reported by 101greatgoals.com.
In a series of tweets in Portuguese, Paulinho confirmed he was suffering from conjunctivitis and would not be playing, as he wished his team the best of luck:
Galera Bom dia!!! Passando pra dizer que hoje não estarei no jogo, estou com conjuntivite um abraço obrigado a todos!!!— Paulinho (@paulinhop8) March 30, 2014
Um ótimo jogo rapaziada.... Vão com Deus— Paulinho (@paulinhop8) March 30, 2014
101greatgoals provided a full translation:
"Good morning guys! Moving on to say that today I will not be playing, I have conjunctivitis – a big hug to everyone! Have a great game guys …. Go with God."
The Brazilian international has struggled during his first season with the club, and this injury is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing campaign for the Lilywhites.
Despite the Brazilian's struggles this season, Liverpool fans were happy to learn Paulinho would not be active against their club:
Paulinho won't be playing today! Not a bad player him...— Liverpool Fans (@RedfansLFC) March 30, 2014
Conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye, can have a number of causes, and according to Allaboutvision.com, recovery time is very dependent on the cause of the initial infection. At this particular time, no timetable has been set for Paulinho's return, so be sure to check back regularly at Bleacher Report for updates on the Brazilian's availability.