Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has said that he is desperate for an injury-free run after a frustrating few weeks on the sidelines.
The 30-year-old has made substitute appearances against West Ham United and Manchester United in Tottenham’s last two matches after spending five weeks out of action with ankle and hip problems.
The Belgian international has conceded that it has ‘been tough’ to watch his teammates in action, especially against the likes of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Dembele, who is valued at £16.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is in line to return to the starting XI in Wednesday’s home game against Real Madrid in the Champions League, and the midfielder is keen to make up for lost time.
Dembele told Tottenham’s official website:
“It’s been tough, of course. It’s frustrating not only missing the big games but you just want to play.
“I can’t get too carried away because of the result but I played half-an-hour against Manchester United and that’s positive for my physical condition.
“I thought I started well this season so the injuries have been frustrating but the team has been doing well. Of course, the results against United and West Ham were disappointing but I don’t think we need to worry too much. We’re playing well.”
Tottenham suffered just their second Premier League defeat of the 2017-18 campaign on Saturday afternoon – going down 1-0 at Man United.
Following the Real Madrid fixture at Wembley, Spurs will attempt to return to winning ways in the league with a home game against Crystal Palace next weekend.