Tottenham are likely to change their transfer plans in the wake of Sandro acquiring a knee injury, according to reports, with the midfielder leaving Andre Villas-Boas with less options than he had hoped for in the middle of the park.
News of Sandro's injury broke yesterday, with the star hurting his right knee int he 25th minute as Spurs took on QPR on Saturday.
And as a result, the club are believed to be reconsidering their plans to let Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore leave, the Evening Standard reports, with Villas-Boas looking at keeping the duo at Tottenham to give him more options if Mousa Dembele and Scott Parker were to suffer from any injuries.
Huddlestone nearly left Tottenham in the summer on loan, with Stoke believed to be chasing the 26 year old as he continued to recover from injury problems and get back to his best form.
But deadline day passed without a move, and since the Potters' interest has cooled. Over the season so far, Huddlestone has featured in the league for Tottenham just 12 times and this month, Fulham have been connected with a move for the England international. But in the wake of the news on Sandro, the west London club could now face an uphill battle if they hope to land him.
Meanwhile, Jake Livermore is seen as a future prospect for both Tottenham and England. The 23 year old is in need of more game time to continue developing his skills, and while Everton were heavily connected with a deal for the young star, Villas-Boas reportedly said no because he didn't want to feed the club with players to help them challenge for a Champions League spot.
QPR would seem a more clever option for Tottenham to send the man who made his England debut last August, but with Sandro now out of action as the club assess the extent of his injury, Livermore may find that he receives more game time with Spurs after all.
Sandro underwent surgery yesterday on his right knee, with the club saying in a statement: "His recovery schedule will be assessed over the next few days."