By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Nabil Bentaleb will not play again for Tottenham this season after being ruled out for at least six weeks following knee surgery.

The 21-year-old-midfielder underwent surgery on his left knee on Tuesday after suffering ligament damage in the club’s Under-21s win over Leicester last Friday.

A scan on Monday confirmed the extent of the injury and Spurs released a statement to reveal that Bentaleb is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Premier League title chasers have seven matches remaining this season, which starts with the visit to Liverpool on 2 April and ends with the trip to Newcastle on 15 May.

Bentaleb has withdrawn from the Algeria squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Ethiopia.

The injury caps off a disappointing campaign for the youngster, who has been on the fringes of the side all season ans has not featured since a six-minute cameo in the Europa League win over Fiorentina last month.

Bentaleb was a regular in central midfield last season but he has made just five starts in all competitions in 2015/16 and his last Premier League start came in the goalless draw with Everton in August.

Bentaleb was subsequently ruled out until December with an ankle injury and he has struggled to force his way past Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll since returning to full fitness.

In other Tottenham injury news, Jan Vertonghen has targeted his comeback match as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.