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Andros Townsend out for the World Cup

The Tottenham Hotspur winger will not be fit when the competition starts in June.

Paul Gilham

Andros Townsend broke into Roy Hodgson's England setup during World Cup qualifying and was probably a lock to be included in the 30-man provisional squad with Theo Walcott unavailable, but Hodgson's winger pool just got a little bit smaller. Townsend will not travel to Brazil, with an ankle injury keeping him out of the World Cup.

Here's the update from the official club website.

Following further examination and consultation, Andros Townsend is to undergo surgery on his left ankle on Thursday (tomorrow) after damaging ligaments during our fixture against Stoke City last Saturday. The injury is likely to sideline the young winger for up to 10 weeks.

The good news here is that 10 weeks isn't that serious of an injury for Spurs' purposes. He should be able to start training shortly after Spurs' non-World Cup participating players return for preseason training and should be fit for the start of the season.

Still, this is probably a bit of a blow for Townsend personally. I'm sure he had his sights set on playing in the World Cup.