England captain Harry Kane is to undergo surgery on his left hamstring and will be out of action until at least April, his club Tottenham has announced.
The striker suffered his injury on New Year's Day when scoring a goal against Southampton that was ruled out for offside.
Spurs has specified the setback as a "ruptured tendon" and it means Kane is set to miss most of the rest of the Premier League season.
For England, the news comes as a blow to boss Gareth Southgate given Kane will miss a significant chunk of the build-up to Euro 2020, being ruled out of March friendlies against Italy and Denmark.
However, provided that he returns to training on time, Kane should be able to build up his match fitness over the closing weeks of 2019-20.
Tottenham said in a statement: "Following ongoing assessment by our medical staff over the past week, we can confirm that Harry Kane will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.
"The striker suffered the injury during our Premier League fixture against Southampton last week and specialists have advised surgery after further review of the injury.
"The decision to undergo surgery is not expected to impact the timeframe that the England captain will be sidelined, with the expectation that he will return to training in April."
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