Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that the hip injury that sidelined former Fulham player Moussa Dembele last season has returned.
The Tottenham boss says the club are waiting for the results of a recent scan over the injury.
Dembele had to miss three matches for the Cottagers in January after injuring his hip. However, his injury returned while on international duty, playing for Belgium in Tuesday’s victory against Scotland, which saw him substituted at half-time.
The injury stopped Dembele from taking part in Tottenham’s Premier League fixture against Chelsea this Saturday, which Spurs lost 4-2 after having previously won four games in a row.
Villas-Boas has said that it is hard to work out what is actually going on with Dembele’s injury, and that he is a player Spurs will miss.
“Top players are missed. He had a scan, but we haven’t seen the results yet. He suffers discomfort and pain on his hip which is not something that shows on the scan so it’s difficult to assess.
“Fulham took him off for a period of two weeks. He had a chance to play (on Saturday) and had a late fitness test but the pain didn’t go away. It’s something that comes back to him. He fell awkwardly in the Scotland game against Belgium and felt the pain,” the Spurs Head Coach said.
The loss of Dembele to Saturday’s squad, as well as the absence of star Gareth Bale, who did not take part in the game as his partner was in labour, weakened Spurs’ midfield.
Moussa Dembele signed for Spurs on the transfer deadline day for £15 million this summer.
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