Mousa Dembele remains confident

Mousa DembeleMousa Dembele believes that Tottenham have a strong enough squad to still compete for a top-four finish without Gareth Bale.

The Wales international was stretchered off in the final minutes of the Europa League clash with Basel on Thursday and after many feared his season could be ended prematurely, the club was boosted to hear he will return to training in two weeks.

The 25-yer-old who joined from Fulham in the summer now feels that the rest of the squad has to pull together and show that they are still a real force without the PFA player of the year candidate.

Spurs will also be missing Aaron Lennon, who also picked up an injury in the European clash, meaning that Andre Villas-Boas will be forced into changes for Sunday’s game against Everton.

Dembele said: “Can we make the top four without Gaz? Yes, of course we can.

“There are other good players who play well. He has been very important for us but other players have to step up now.”

“Everybody knows they are two very important players for us so it’s another big disappointment,” Dembele added.

“But I think we have a big, good squad and we have to concentrate on beating Everton now.”

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