Tottenham's Steven Pienaar ruled out for six weeks

Steven Pienaar
Steven Pienaar has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a groin injury

Tottenham Hotspur's Steven Pienaar will miss the start of the Premier League season after having an operation on a groin injury.

The South Africa international has been ruled out for up to six weeks.

Pienaar, who made 11 appearances for Spurs last season, was forced off in the first half of Spurs' 2-1 pre-season friendly victory over Athletic Bilbao.

The 29-year-old joined Tottenham from Everton in January 2011 for a fee of about £2.5m.

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