Tottenham Hotspur have not had the best of times when it comes down to injuries this season, despite it being their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.
Spurs have seen the likes of Dele Alli, Cristian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier all spend time out, whilst Mousa Dembele was the latest to have to head into the treatment room.
It appears that he could be on the sidelines for a significant period of time following the injury he picked up in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.
The Belgium international collided with Helder Costa in the early stages of the game and had to leave the game inside the first 10 minutes with an ankle injury.
It had been claimed that Dembele is expected to be out of action for the next six weeks, meaning that he could be back in time for the Christmas run-in, however, he will be unavailable for their Champions League matches against Inter Milan and Barcelona after keeping their slim hopes of qualifying alive in midweek with a win against PSV Eindhoven.
However, it has since been confirmed by Spurs on their official Twitter account that the midfielder is unlikely to return to action before 2019, as he has suffered ligament damage, providing Pochettino with a devastating blow.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 8, 2018
The possibility that Dembele could be about to spend the rest of 2018 on the sidelines will have come as a huge blow to Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino.
The midfielder is a key player for the side and as well as missing the Champions League fixtures, he will miss the Premier League encounters with Chelsea and Arsenal.
Harry Winks performed well in the middle of the park against PSV in midweek, whilst Wanyama and Dier could make a return to action soon as they are thought to be progressing well and have returned to training, which could offer Pochettino some comfort at least.
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