Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele was substituted off in the seventh minute of his side’s 3-2 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday after suffering an ankle injury, and subsequently missed the Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The absence of the Belgian, along with Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, meant that Christian Eriksen moved back into a deeper central midfield role alongside Harry Winks, with Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura ahead of them.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday that the club needed to wait for a scan before seeing the extent of the damage to Dembele’s ankle, but his absence from the squad against the Dutch club was probably telling.
Ligament damage is a potential diagnosis, and this could prove to be a big opportunity for Wanyama – especially if the 6ft 1in tall Belgium international misses this weekend’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.
Well, The Mirror reported last week that the north London outfit are ready to sell the Kenya international and sign Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure as his replacement, with the 27-year-old failing to live up to the performances he produced in his first couple of seasons with Spurs.
If Dembele and Dier are out for the foreseeable future, Wanyama has one final chance to ensure that he isn’t sold in January, with Pochettino already saying on Monday that he hopes the Kenyan will be available for selection against the Eagles.
If he can shine in protecting the defence, use his strength and impress in possession, he could easily come back into his manager’s plans and at least give himself until the summer to show why he should be kept on and why he can still be a key player for Tottenham in the future.