Tottenham ace Mousa Dembele may miss rest of 2018 with ankle injury

Tottenham ace Mousa Dembele could miss the rest of 2018 after scans confirm ankle ligament damage

  • Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele limped out of Saturday’s win at Wolves
  • Scans have since confirmed that the Belgian suffered ankle ligament damage
  • He is facing at least six weeks out and may not play again in this calendar year

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is facing at least six weeks out with ankle ligament damage.

The 31-year-old was injured just seven minutes into Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wolves and is braced for a long lay-off after scans confirmed the club’s prognosis which could see him miss the rest of the calendar year.

He will miss Tottenham’s fixtures against Inter Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League, plus games with Chelsea and Arsenal in Premier League.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele (centre) limped out of Saturday's 3-2 win at Wolves

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele (centre) limped out of Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wolves

Scans have since confirmed that the Belgian, 31, suffered ligament damage in his right ankle

Scans have since confirmed that the Belgian, 31, suffered ligament damage in his right ankle

The Belgium international is in the final year of his contract and has been attracting enquiries from China with a possible move in the offing for January.

REMAINING SPURS FIXTURES IN 2018 

Crystal Palace (A), PL – Nov 10

Chelsea (H), PL – Nov 24

Inter Milan (H), UCL – Nov 28

Arsenal (A), PL – Dec 2

Southampton (H), PL – Dec 5

Leicester (A), PL – Dec 8

Barcelona (A), UCL – Dec 11

Burnley (H), PL – Dec 15

Arsenal (A), EFL Cup – Dec 19

Everton (A), PL – Dec 23

Bournemouth (H), PL – Dec 26

Wolves (H), PL – Dec 29

Mauricio Pochettino will be disappointed by the news with Dembele such a key performer.

The robust midfielder has been feeling the toll in recent years of the physical demands of the Premier League and the club have been actively scouting to find a suitable replacement.

Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong have both been studied but their clubs are demanding between £40million to £55m. 

Dembele has already missed four games due to a thigh injury earlier this season.

His absence leaves Spurs stretched in terms of midfield options, with Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier also currently missing through injury.

Wanyama may be fit to return from a knee injury at Palace on Saturday, but Dier’s thigh strain is expected to keep him out until after the international break.

Spurs ace Dembele fell awkwardly after being challenged by Wolves star Helder Costa (No 10)

Spurs ace Dembele fell awkwardly after being challenged by Wolves star Helder Costa (No 10)

Dembele's team-mates looked concerned as they stood over the injured midfielder at Wolves

Dembele’s team-mates looked concerned as they stood over the injured midfielder at Wolves

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