Swansea City manager Garry Monk has told the South Wales Evening Post that he isn't sure when Tom Carroll will return from injury.
Carroll, 22, joined Tottenham as a 16-year-old in 2008, and after loan spells with Leyton Orient, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, Spurs loaned the central midfielder out to Premier League rivals Swansea City last summer.
The England Under-21 international is scheduled to return to Tottenham at the end of the season, when he will be hoping to become the latest youngster to make an impact at White Hart Lane.
The likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane have all played starring roles under Mauricio Pochettino this season, and Carroll will surely be hoping to follow in their footsteps next season.
Yet, his season could be over after suffering an ankle injury whilst on international duty, and manager Monk told the South Wales Evening Post that he's hoping to have Carroll back in the first team before the end of the season.
"I’m disappointed for Tom," Monk said. "He has had a problem for a few weeks but he has tweaked it more now and we need to wait and see whether he will be out for two, four, six, eight or 12 weeks, but we are looking for him to get back this season."
Carroll will return to White Hart Lane upon the expiration of his loan deal, but it's unclear what Tottenham's intentions over him are right now. With that in mind, Monk admitted that he may be interested in bringing Carroll back to South Wales next season - but it all depends on what Pochettino wants to do with him.
"Whether we will then look to take him in the summer, we will have to wait and see. Tom has contributed really well this season, but I haven’t discussed it with him or with Tottenham. That’s something we’ll do towards the end of the season, but for now we are all focusing on the football," he added.