Younes Kaboul: Tottenham defender suffers injury setback

Younes Kaboul

Tottenham will be without Younes Kaboul for longer than expected after the club said the injured defender would be unavailable until at least February.

Spurs had hoped the 26-year-old, who underwent knee surgery in August, would make a full recovery by January.

But assistant manager Steffen Freund said he was now hopeful Kaboul would be fit by "mid or end of February".

"He's on a six-week programme from the medical staff and starting to work now with the fitness coaches," said Freund.

The centre-back was a key member of Tottenham's defence last season as the club finished fourth in the Premier League, but the Frenchman has not played since the season-opening defeat by Newcastle.

"It's difficult to say now which game he will be back," added Freund.

"He has a lot of leadership qualities and we are waiting to have him back as quickly as possible."