Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Mousa Dembele will miss Sunday’s trip to Everton because of an ankle injury.
The Belgian midfielder picked up the knock in the 3-0 win over Norwich City on Boxing Day, but was risked for the visit to Watford 48 hours later.
He came off before half time of Tottenham’s 2-1 victory having aggravated the problem, and Pochettino will now be without him for “a few weeks”.
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Sky Sports quote the Spurs boss as telling his Thursday press conference: “Mousa has a small injury but we hope he’s back with us in a few weeks.”
Dembele has been in outstanding form for Spurs this season, starting 14 Premier League games to help them to fourth place and the cusp of a title challenge.
Tottenham’s only league defeat since the opening day of the campaign came when Dembele was unavailable- a 2-1 home loss to Newcastle United earlier this month.
Tom Carroll is the player most likely to deputise for Dembele at Goodison Park. The 23-year-old has recently made his first league start, and scored his first league goal for Spurs.
But this may also be an opportunity for Pochettino to restore either Ryan Mason or Nabil Bentaleb, his midfield partnership for much of last season, back into the team.
Mason was on the bench against Watford after missing a month of action, while Bentaleb has been waiting for his chance since returning to fitness in December.
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