Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has delivered an update on the injury status of Tottenham’s Belgian pair Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen. The two players who have been important members of the Tottenham team in recent seasons have missed most of this season due to injury troubles.
While Vertonghen last featured in Spurs’ game against Barcelona at the Camp Nou, Dembele has been sidelined with an ankle injury that he picked up away at Wolves over a month and a half ago. Speaking after Spurs demolished Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park, Pochettino shed light on how the two players were progressing.
Speaking about Vertonghen, the Argentine told Football.London: “I was talking this morning with him. He feels like he’s fit but there’s still some point where it still hurts him. He’s recovering well and we’ll see. Hopefully as soon as possible.”
While that is certainly good news for fans, the 46-year-old also delivered some bad news regarding Dembele suggesting that midfielder is unlikely to feature before February.
When quizzed on when he thinks Dembele will be back in action, Pochettino added: “I think until January we will see. It’s evolution. Close? I don’t know if it means one week, two weeks or one month.”
“We need to asses him day-by-day, but I think in January he’s not going to be ready. Maybe he will be ready to start to train with the team, but not at a level to play.”
Even though Spurs are facing a mini-injury crisis at the moment with the likes of Vertonghen, Dembele, Wanyama, Dier and Aurier all current sidelined with injuries, the players who have stepped up have put in fantastic performances.
When the likes of Vertonghen and Dembele do return to action, Pochettino will certainly have a selection headache.
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