Surgery rules Tottenham midfielder Parker out of Premier League season start

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker is to miss the start of the Premier League season after his club confirmed the England international would undergo surgery on his Achilles injury, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The operation would leave the 31-year-old out of action for up to six weeks, rendering him unavailable for the opening rounds of the new Premier League campaign and as many as three England internationals – a pre-season friendly with Italy and World Cup 2014 qualification games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Tottenham Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas revealed the club’s medical team believe Parker is suffering from a small tear on his Achilles tendon, with the intention being to put Parker under the knife as quickly as possible in order to minimise the number of games he will miss for club and country.

The Mirror adds that Parker’s absence could not come at a less opportune time for Tottenham, as the White Hart Lane side are already facing the prospect of losing Luka Modric from their midfield.

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