According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembélé has been ruled out until January with an ankle injury.
This will be a bitter blow to Tottenham, who have already suffered their fair share of injuries thus far this season with both Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama recently returning from injuries themselves, but it signifies something much more.
The Belgian midfielder has been linked with a January move away from Tottenham for most of the season so far, and given this injury, he may well have played his final game for Tottenham. This will disappoint many fans, but given the fact that the club are preparing for his move, he may be swiftly sold as soon as January comes, meaning he will never get a chance to don the white of Spurs again.
The midfield rock’s form has dipped this season since the World Cup, as he has looked behind the pace and fatigued. He has not looked to be his characteristically imposing self in the centre of the field so far this term, and that would have been a worry for manager Mauricio Pochettino before this injury.
Dembélé has been a mainstay in Tottenham’s midfield since joining from Fulham in 2012, going on to make almost 250 appearances for the club, in which time he propelled himself as one of the leading midfielders in the Premier League. However, at the age of 31, his best days may be behind him, and Tottenham may know this, which is why they are seeking to offload him next transfer window.