A blistering start to the season has ended on a sour note as Andros Townsend's latest injury will see him out of action for 10 weeks; consequentially he will miss the end of the season and the entire World Cup.
He sustained an ankle injury in his side's 1-0 victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday.
Comments from the club states: "Following further examination and consultation, Andros Townsend is to undergo surgery on his left ankle after damaging ligaments during our fixture against Stoke City last Saturday"
"The injury is likely to sideline the young winger for up to 10 weeks".
With the rising stars of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana, Townsend was always unlikely to command a place in the first 11. However, with the injury concerns of Theo Walcott and Alex-Oxlade Chainberlain, as well as Aaron Lennon and Ashley Young being anonymous at their respective clubs, Townsend would have been a shoo-in for a place in the squad at least.
This injury has all but ended his hopes of represented his country in Brazil. Townsend has played 32 times for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring 2 goals. His early form in the season was rewarded with 5 international caps for England, netting his only goal on his debut against Montenegro in a 4-1 victory.