Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele will be out of action until the new year after scans revealed the Spurs midfielder has sustained ankle ligament damage.
Dembele received the knock in Saturday’s Premier League win at Wolves and missed the UEFA Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday as a result.
Dembele has been hit by a string of minor injuries and is often limited to just 60 minutes when he starts but he will now be absent again, this time for a long spell.
ManagerMauricio Pochettino, whose side are in the context of five games in 13 days, hopes he will get his man back in early January.
“We hope that from the beginning of January he will be ready,” he said.
“After it’s about the evolution, it’s very dynamic the evolution and how he’s going to recover.
“Always it’s about patience, the player, and how he’s going to react after the injury.
“We hope he’ll be back as soon as possible and early in January to help the team to win games.
“Always you miss all the players when they are injured. We were talking before, in 13 days we play five games. It’s less than three days, every two and a half days we’re competing.
“It’s a massive effort for the players.”
Dembele has not been an eye-catching star in the Spurs team like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli, but his often unrecognised work has been crucial in helping them become a force at the top end of the Premier League in recent years.
But the Belgian is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move away in January, with the Belgium midfielder appearing to have no interest in signing a new deal.
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