Leicester City midfielder Marc Albrighton is unlikely to feature again this season as he requires surgery to repair a hamstring injury sustained during training.
The 29-year-old sat out the 1-0 home Premier League defeat to Manchester United last weekend, with the Foxes hoping that the injury was not too serious.
However, ahead of a Sunday trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham Hotspur, City head coach Claude Puel has confirmed that his player requires an operation and is highly unlikely to be able to return to action before the end of the current campaign.
The Frenchman told his club's official website: "We now know more about the injury to Marc.
"He's had a serious hamstring injury. It's bad news for us, for the team and I think he will not be available until the end of the season.
"Marc gives the team spirit and aggressiveness. We will have to find another balance in the team, so we will see.
"It's a bad thing for him and for us, but it will be an opportunity for another player to show his quality and we'll have to manage this situation. He will have surgery."
England Under-21 international Albrighton joined Leicester from Aston Villa in the summer of 2014 and has since scored 13 goals in 173 appearances in all competitions.
He featured in every match in the Premier League-winning season of 2015/16, with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and skipper Wes Morgan the only two other Foxes players to match that record.
Leicester are currently priced at 8/15 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season, while they are 6/4 to end up in the bottom half.
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