Soccer-Tottenham's Udogie out for the season with thigh injury

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - London Stadium, London, Britain - April 2, 2024 Tottenham Hotspur's Destiny Udogie looks dejected after the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs/File photo

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur have suffered a setback in their pursuit of a top-four place in the Premier League as defender Destiny Udogie is out with injury for the rest of the season, the club confirmed on Sunday

The 21-year-old Italy international underwent surgery on his left quadriceps after sustaining the injury in training earlier this week.

"The defender will continue his rehabilitation with our medical staff and is expected to rejoin the squad during pre-season," the club said in a statement.

Udogie shared pictures of himself on a hospital bed in an Instagram post on Saturday. "It doesn't take away from how grateful I am to every person that has supported me this year," he said.

Tottenham, in fifth place with 60 points, face rivals Arsenal next in the league, on April 28. Udogie made 30 appearances for Spurs this season scoring two goals and setting up three assists.

Udogie has earned three caps for the Italian national team, having made his senior debut last October. His injury could impact the reigning champions' campaign in the Euros in Germany, commencing in June.

(Reporting by Shifa Jahan in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)

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