Mousa Dembele has picked up an injury whilst on international duty with Belgium and has been allowed to return to London, where he will be assessed by Tottenham’s medical team.

The Daily Mail reported that the midfielder picked up soft tissue problems, ruling him out of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Estonia, having missed training on Friday and Saturday.

National team coach Roberto Martinez was keen to point out that the 29-year-old is likely to make a full recovery in time for Spurs’ clash with London rivals West Ham United next weekend.

“We have allowed Mousa to go back to Tottenham”, the former Everton manager said.

“Not for a serious problem but he wasn’t 100 per cent for the game. We have been in constant contact with Tottenham’s medical department and we think he will make improvement in the next 48 hours.”

News of the Belgian’s swift return will delight club manager Mauricio Pochettino, having labelled him a genius following his performance in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with neighbours Arsenal.

There was more good news for the Spurs boss, with influential centre-back Toby Alderweireld close to making his return from injury and could even feature against the Hammers on Saturday, having missed his side’s previous six matches.

Since their victory over Manchester City on October 2, Spurs have failed to win a single game, dropping to fifth place in the Premier League.

Pochettino will need all his key players available with the hectic Christmas schedule coming up, as they look to keep pace with Premier League leaders Liverpool, whilst qualification from their Champions League group hangs in the balance.


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