Tottenham Hotspur will be without attacker Richarlison for at least a month, according to the Evening Standard.
The 25-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up of Brazil’s quarter-final game against Croatia at the World Cup.
Richarlison played until the 84th minute before Tite brought him off. The former Everton and Watford star returned to London on Monday following the South American nation’s exit.
He had scans, and Spurs fear he cannot join the first team for a month. They are waiting for the official results.
The news will be a big blow for Tottenham manager Antonio Conte. The Italian had to cope without Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison for almost a month before the World Cup.
Richarlison impressed at the World Cup, scoring three goals and creating three big chances. He was his side’s most dangerous player in attack. He also scored two goal-of-the-tournament contenders.
The news of Richarlison’s injury means that England striker Harry Kane will not get much time off following England’s exit from the tournament.
The 29-year-old returned home from Qatar on Sunday with his international teammates after the quarter-final loss to France.
Kane missed a crucial penalty that could have turned The Three Lions’ game against France around. He missed from the spot against teammate Hugo Lloris.
He said he would take some time off but will struggle with Richarlison out.
Kane will return to the thick of the action with Tottenham restarting their Premier League campaign against Brentford on Boxing Day.
He is holidaying after receiving a week off and is due to report to the club on Monday.