Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe out for three months following ankle surgery

Crocked forward could miss entire group stage of the Champions League
Tottenham have confirmed that Jermain Defoe will be out of action for three months following surgery on his ankle.

The former Portsmouth striker sustained an ankle injury while on international duty with England, and the initial confirmation from manager Harry Redknapp was that the forward would remain on the sidelines for about six weeks.

But upon consultation with a specialist, the 27-year-old has undergone surgery to correct torn ligaments, and is expected to miss the next three months of the campaign.

This comes as a major blow to Spurs, as the diminutive hitman could now miss the entire Champions League group stage.

Meanwhile, on the international front, Defoe will be absent for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro next month, and will also miss the friendly against France in November.

A statement on the club's official website reads: "Following a review by an ankle specialist, Jermain Defoe underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle yesterday evening.

"The striker was forced off with the injury during England's European Championship qualifier in Switzerland on Tuesday and has been ruled out of action for around three months."

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