TOTTENHAM MIDFIELDER Scott Parker will be unavailable until mid-September after an operation on his right Achilles.
Parker had problems with his Achilles at the end of last season when he missed Tottenham’ last four matches, although he recovered to feature for England at Euro 2012.
It is thought that he aggravated the injury while playing at the tournament. The industrious midfielder is the engine room and enforcer in the Tottenham side and this disruption to his pre-season is a blow to Andre Villas-Boas’s preparations.
The club said that the surgery went well but Parker will not play for at least six weeks. This news means that the 31-year-old will spend the international break on the sidelines, missing England’s friendly against Italy as well as World Cup qualifiers against Moldova on September 7 and Ukraine four days later.