Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho is fearing the worst over Harry Kane's hamstring injury, revealing he is expecting "bad news".
Kane limped off during New Year's Day's 1-0 defeat to Southampton and the club are set to find out the extent of the problem before the weekend.
Mourinho has definitely ruled him out of Sunday's FA Cup to Middlesbrough and thinks his striker will miss plenty more games.
"I don't know yet, maybe later today we have news but if you ask me just my feeling - good news or bad news - I am more on bad news than good news, that's my feeling," Mourinho revealed.
"Some opinions from the medical department before the test results. I don't think we're going to have good news.
"But the reason we're here is because of the beautiful FA Cup and in relation to that we can say that no Middlesbrough for Harry Kane."
The loss of Kane will undoubtedly be a big blow for Spurs, who are just beginning to stutter under Mourinho after an initial bounce following his appointment.
Kane has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances for club and country this season, and Mourinho outlined his importance to the club.
"His quality, the routines that the team has playing with him, every minute of every game he doesn't play we miss, so every match that he doesn't play we're going to miss him.
"But I don't want to be crying here all the time, I want to focus now on the players that are available."
Son Heung-min will be available at Middlesbrough and is likely to lead the line, with Lucas Moura or 17-year-old Troy Parrott also possible options.
While he could feature at the Riverside Stadium, Mourinho does not see Parrott as an immediate replacement for Kane.
"I think too soon. I think one thing is potential and another thing is conditions to express potential and I think he needs time," Mourinho said.
"Having minutes, being involved is one thing. Another thing is what you call the direct replacement.
"To be that he needs to work. There are many different processes of a player to develop.
"The next step for him is to sign a new contract at the club long-term and then it is for everyone to decide what is the best for his development.
"In this club we care about our players. It is also to find the best pathway to develop," said Mourinho.