Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed Alan Hutton will be out for up to five months with a foot injury.
Hutton has undergone surgery on a fractured foot and his rehabilitation period will see him sidelined until well into next year.
The Scotland international missed the opening two months of the season due to a foot injury before returning to the Spurs team.
However, he sat out Sunday's 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League after featuring in Scotland's friendly defeat by Argentina a week ago.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted earlier on Wednesday that he feared Hutton would be out of his plans for 'quite a long time'.
"It's the same injury that kept him out at the start of the year and they decided not to operate and it seems to have flared up again," said Redknapp.
"I'll see him when I get back and obviously he is going to be a bit low. There was so much to play for this year. It's a big blow for him."
Ahead of the club's Uefa Cup tie against NEC Nijmegen on Thursday, Spurs have now confirmed that Hutton could be missing for the next five months.