September 10, 2010

LONDON (Reuters) -- Tottenham Hotspur suffered a major blow on Friday after striker Jermain Defoe's recovery from an ankle injury was extended from six weeks to three months following surgery.

Spurs had expected the 27-year-old to be out for around six weeks after he picked up the injury in England's 3-1 Euro 2012 qualifying win over Switzerland on Tuesday but has now had to undergo surgery.

"Following a review by an ankle specialist, Jermain Defoe underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle yesterday evening (Thursday)," the Premier League club said in a statement on their website (

"(Defoe)... has been ruled out of action for around three months."

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