Spurs star to miss Man City but could return for crucial Arsenal clash

15:31 07 November 2012


Spurs' Mousa Dembele. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that midfielder Mousa Dembele will not have an operation on his injured hip and could return to face Arsenal in 10 days’ time.

Dembele started well at White Hart Lane after his summer switch from Fulham, but the Londoners have had to do without the Belgian for the last five games after he aggravated an old hip injury.

Villas-Boas said last Thursday he feared the 25-year-old could have to go under the knife to cure the problem - something which would have ruled him out for up to six weeks.

But a second scan on the injury confirmed that surgery would not definitely heal the problem and Villas-Boas has therefore decided to put the player on a course of physiotherapy that will see him miss games against Maribor and Manchester City, but he could be available to face Arsenal in 10 days’ time.

The Spurs boss said: “We could either give him surgery immediately, but there is no certainty it will cure the problem, or he could rest, have manual therapy, train in the swimming pool.

“That allows the player the possibility of return within 10-15 days, so we are taking that option at the moment, without having the surgery.”

Tottenham have won just one of the five games since the Belgian suffered his injury but Villas-Boas is confident he has the strength in depth to cope.

“We had good games without Mousa,” the 35-year-old said.

“Against Chelsea we lost Gareth Bale and Mousa and we gave them a run for their money even though they were on an amazing run.

“We had extremely good games against Southampton and Norwich. Good players are missed but this squad is full of good players.

“I don’t think it has affected the tempo and dynamic - it’s more important to have players fully concentrated and motivated.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Tottenham news

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Maksim Medvedev of Qarabag challenged by Christian Eriksen  (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Spurs beat Qarabag 1-0 to qualify for the Europa League last 16 in Azerbaijan, here’s how we rated the players.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Mauricio Pochettino (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Harry Kane fired Tottenham into the knockout stages of the Europa League as they finally overcame stubborn Group J minnows Qarabag 1-0 in Baku.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

It has been a superb start to the Premier League season and this graphic proves what a tough league it is.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Jonathan Woodgate (L) and Alan Hutton of Tottenham Hotspur (R) celebrate their 2-1 win (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Tottenham haven’t always enjoyed their meetings with Chelsea in recent years but we’ve found plenty of photos that will give fans hope ahead of Sunday’s London derby at White Hart Lane.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News