Michael Dawson faces eight-week lay-off

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Tottenham have confirmed that Michael Dawson could be out of action until the end of October after he had to be stretchered from the pitch during England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday evening.

A brief statement on Spurs' official website read:"Scans today (Saturday) have revealed that Michael Dawson has sprained his left medial knee ligament and one of his left ankle ligaments.

"The defender has been withdrawn from the England squad after suffering the injuries during last night's 4-0 European Championship qualifying win against Bulgaria at Wembley and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks."

The news is something of a relief to Spurs though as an FA insider had previously been quoted as saying: "Last night we really thought Michael Dawson had broken his leg, but the scan has shown no fracture and no snapped ligament."

Dawson was making his first start for England, having featured as a substitute in the 3-0 friendly win over Hungary last month.

Earlier in the day it had been confirmed that he would definitely miss England's next game in Switzerland on Tuesday.

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