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On-loan Spurs defender Veljkovic to miss remainder of the season

Poor Milos. :-(

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Tottenham Hotspur's on-loan defender Milos Veljkovic will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season after sustaining an injury. The 19-year old central defender/defensive midfielder, currently on loan at Charlton Athletic having only joined them a month ago, sustained a shoulder injury in the Addicks' recent match against Middlesbrough.

Veljkovic is set to have shoulder surgery next week, according to the Charlton physio:

"It's a bad one and the shoulder is unstable now. He has been advised by the Tottenham medical staff, as well as the shoulder specialist, that the best thing for him to do is have an operation... This, unfortunately, means that his season is all but over because those kind of injuries normally take around nine to 12 weeks to come back from."

This almost certainly means that Veljkovich will return to Tottenham for his rehabilitation.

It's been a disappointing year for the young Serbian defender: he had a disappointing half-year loan to Middlesbrough at the beginning of the season where he barely played, making only three appearances for Boro. His loan back to the Championship with Charlton was intended to get him more playing time and experience, but his injury means that it will essentially be a "lost season."

Veljkovic impressed in Tottenham's preseason but has found himself well down the pecking order at Spurs. He's considered a future talent, and considering Mauricio Pochettino's propensity for giving deserving youth players a chance in the first team, it's possible that after he rehabilitates this summer he'll get a chance to make an impression with the 2015-16 Spurs squad.