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Tottenham are waiting to hear if the hamstring injury suffered by Andros Townsend in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat by West Ham is likely to rule him out until the new year.
The England winger, 22, pulled up sharply during the second half of the 2-1 quarter-final loss at White Hart Lane and had to be substituted in the 73rd minute.
Tottenham caretaker-boss Tim Sherwood admitted that Townsend could be facing a considerable amount of time on the sidelines just as the struggling London club need all their best players on the pitch after back-to-back home defeats.
Townsend could now miss the busy festive programme in which Spurs, still searching for a manager after Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking on Monday, have four games between December 22 and January 1.
Townsend has been one of the club’s most influential players this season after becoming a first-choice selection following years of development at other clubs.
He won his first international cap in September and appeared in subsequent squads, helping Roy Hodgson’s men qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.