Jack Clarke’s loan spell at Stoke City is set to be terminated and he is on his way back to Tottenham, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The winger, 20, has suffered an achilles injury that is expected to sideline him for six weeks.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Clarke, 21, is set to return to his parent club to undergo rehabilitation.
He is not expected to play again this season in what is a devastating blow.
It will mean the end of his loan at Stoke, that began when Spurs sanctioned a January window move.
The winger has been a regular for Michael O’Neill’s side and has made six starts among 14 Championship appearances in total.
That is the longest run of senior football for the youngster since his breakthrough season at Leeds United two years ago.
Tottenham gave the green light for Clarke to head to Stoke after blocking a loan move for him in the last window.
Clarke has made three senior Spurs appearances, two in the Europa League and one in the FA Cup against Marine.
That was something denied Clarke during two frustrating loan spells last season, firstly at former club Leeds United and then at QPR.
At the Bet365 Stadium, Clarke has been a regular which makes the latest blow an especially cruel one.
He had hoped to end the season on a high at Stoke, who are 11th in the Championship and have eight league matches remaining.