Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard has undergone ankle surgery, the club has confirmed.
Pritchard, who enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Brentford last season, will be out until the new year, a disappointing blow to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
The star impressed in the U21 European Championships in the summer, with his pace and technical ability raising some eyebrows.
Mauricio Pochettino has been rather successful in bringing through youth players, most notably Harry Kane, and many Spurs fans were hoping that Pritchard would be the next to flourish.
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The 22-year-old has been plagued with injuries for most of his career, although managed to battle through the season under Mark Warburton at Brentford last campaign.
Pritchard made a cameo for Tottenham in the 0-0 home draw with Everton at White Hart Lane in August, and elsewhere has featured heavily for their Under-21 side.
Fuss surrounding the winger was first raised upon his loan to Brentford last season. Scoring a staggering 12 league goals in 43 appearances, Pritchard proved that the potential to play at the highest level was a possibility.
This was further extended by Pochettino’s decision to keep him at the club this summer, as opposed to another loan away from the club.
Pritchard came to the attention of the nation in general in the 2015 Under-21 European championships.
Despite eventually losing the game 1-0, a rather sluggish England looked revitalised when Pritchard replaced Spurs team-mate and former Swansea loanee Tom Carroll.
His performance against the Portuguese was enough to warrant a starting spot in the following fixture, against Sweden. However an awful ankle injury forced him to be replaced just after half-time, and set his pre-season preparations with Tottenham back.
The expected rehabilitation process for his current injury will allow the exciting talent to return to training in the new year.