By Ben Reid

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed the news that Spurs fans were dreading, with star midfielder Mousa Dembele has endured a setback this week after sustaining a foot injury in training.

The big-impact midfielder has been out of action for nearly four weeks now, since the hamstring injury he picked up against Sunderland on September 18.

Pochettino claimed not to know when the Belgian international will be back and confirmed the former Fulham man will undergo further tests on Friday.

Dembele missed the opening four Premier League games of the season following a suspension towards the end of last season for gauging the eyes of Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

Since coming back from that ban, the Belgian has only managed to play in two games, in which he was unable to play a full 90 minutes of football.

It is a huge setback for both club and player, as Dembele is a huge player for Spurs and was one of their most-impressive stars last season.

Pochettino stated it is a recurrence of a previous injury, with the Portuguese coach admitting the playmaker will miss the clash with West Brom on Saturday.

“He got a problem against Sunderland and then he got a knock in his foot and that is an old problem,” The London Evening Standard quote the Argentine as saying.

“He is now recovering from that. It’s minor but for him it’s painful. When he touches the ball it’s always painful for him.”

With the length of the injury up in the air, Spurs fans will hope Dembele will be back in the Spurs side soon.

However, with the way the White Hart Lane side are playing at the minute, no matter of his class and ability, it could be a tough way back into the Tottenham side.


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