Erik Lamela is set to remain sidelined due to a hip injury until October.
Spurs forward Lamela is facing a further four months out. meaning that by the time he is expected back he’ll have been out for a year.
The Argentina international’s last appearance for Tottenham came at the end of October, in an EFL Cup defeat at Liverpool. Since then he has had operations of both hips, one in April and one in May, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
At that time, there was no timescale on his comeback.
Tottenham’s England left-back Danny Rose will also miss the start of next season following knee surgery last month but has been pencilled in for a mid-August return.
Meanwhile, Spurs been warned off Swansea’s “priceless” £40million-rated star Gylfi Sigurdsson .
The north Londoners are among a clutch of clubs keen on the 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who had an unhappy two years with them before joining the Welshmen in 2014.
Everton and West Ham are also interested, but Spurs are able to offer the Iceland international Champions League gootball.
Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said: “It’s hard to suggest what sort of value Gylfi has in today’s market, but to us he is priceless and we’ve got to make sure we do everything in our power to make sure he stays with us.”