By Wayne Veysey

23rd Mar, 2016 | 9:58am

Tottenham hit by double injury blow ahead of Liverpool clash

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Nabil Bentaleb and Cameron Carter-Vickers are set to miss the rest of the season due to injury.

The youthful Tottenham duo are unlikely to be available for selection as the team challenge for the Premier League title in the final seven matches of the campaign.

Spurs released a statement on Tuesday to reveal that midfielder Bentaleb will miss 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.

Meanwhile, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has withdrawn from the USA Under-23 squad for the upcoming Olympic qualifying playoff against Colombia.

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The highly regarded 18-year-old is unlikely to feature again this season due to a persistent back problem.

Carter-Vickers is yet to make his senior Spurs debut but he has regularly been included in the first-team squad since Jan Vertonghen suffered a knee injury in January, and he was on the bench for both legs of the Europa League last-16 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

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Bentaleb has withdrawn from the Algeria squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying double-header against Ethiopia.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