Tottenham Hotspur forward Clinton N'Jie has undergone surgery on a MCL injury.
Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow by the extent of the injury suffered by Clinton N'Jie.
The club confirmed on their official website that N'Jie has had to undergo surgery on his knee, with no return date currently set.
N'Jie has sustained an injury to his medial collateral ligament (MCL). This is at least not as serious as an ACL injury, but the Cameroon international is likely to be out for several weeks.
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is a player who has recently also suffered a MCL injury, and is ruled out until February.
N'Jie suffered his injury against Monaco 11 days ago, with Tottenham just yesterday announcing that he had to go under the knife.
On the pitch, sadly, he will not be missed greatly by Spurs in the short term, as he has been been a great contributor over the first half of the season.
Since his summer move from Lyon he has failed to make an immediate impact, frequently used as a substitute only.
There is still time for N'Jie to come back and show real improvement, especially as the squad will be tested over the latter half of the season.
What is does mean is that Spurs have one fewer forward option with which to rotate their squad over the busy festive period, where N'Jie could have been valuable.
This will only serve to highlight the need for Tottenham to buy a striker in January, a position where they were already light.
Here is a look at how Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to the news of his surgery...
Clinton N'Jie has had knee surgery following injury v Monaco. No news on return date. Most definitely need a striker in Jan now! #COYS— Emma Storey (@JournoSpursEmma) December 20, 2015
Clinton N'Jie has had surgery - a new forward to join the Tottenham squad is not a priority now it is a necessity #COYS— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) December 20, 2015