Tottenham Hotspur skipper Ledley King has been ruled out for up to two months following a setback in his return from a bruised left foot.
The 26-year-old has suffered a stress injury to the same foot which ruled him out of the World Cup, and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Spurs have been without their skipper for a month, and have not won in the Premiership since his last game, the victory over Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
'Ledley first bruised the bone in his foot four weeks ago,' read a statement from Spurs.
'He progressed quickly with his rehabilitation, getting back to a moderate-to-high level of intensity.
'However, he recently suffered a setback when the injury recurred to the extent that the club medical staff are having to treat the injury like a stress fracture, even though he has not broken his metatarsal.
'The medical staff are fully confident that, given the new timeframe, Ledley will make a complete recovery and will be back to play an important part in our season.'
King missed the last part of the previous campaign with the injury to his foot and then suffered a knee problem this season.
His foot injury was only considered a minor complaint a month ago but he suffered a setback in training when he was close to a return.
If he is out for two months, the England international would miss Spurs' next match in the UEFA Cup but could return if they made the quarter-finals.