England Hotshot Jermain Defoe Has Been Ruled Out For Six Weeks

Daniel GoochAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Jermain Defoe of England is seen during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group G Qualifying match between England and Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium on September 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur star striker Jermain Defoe will be sitting on the sidelines for six weeks after picking up an ankle injury.

Defoe sustained his injury halfway through the second half of England's 3-1 win over Switzerland in Basel Tuesday night.

He was hoping that his injury was not too serious after the game, but scans have shown he has suffered ankle ligament damage.

This injury may not be a problem for playing with England, but it will mean that he will miss plenty of Spurs' games, including several Champions League games, starting with Werder Bremen next week.

Defoe is likely to have to sit out of England's next Euro 2012 qualifier, which is at home to Montenegro in October.

It's very bad news for the striker, as he was establishing himself as a regular in England lineup, especially after scoring a hat-trick against Bulgaria last week.

It looks like Harry Redknapp and Fabio Capello will both be looking at Peter Crouch as his temporary replacement.

Defoe is not the only Tottenham and England player who has been sidelined because of an injury, Michael Dawson is already out for two months, after he sustained a knee injury during the Bulgaria game.