Dembele a doubt for Spurs’ Champions League trip to Nicosia

Sept 25 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele could miss Tuesday’s Champions League match against Apoel Nicosia due to a persistent foot injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.

Dembele, who underwent an operation on his foot earlier this year, was left out of Spurs’ 3-2 win over West Ham United on Saturday and has played a limited role this season.

Pochettino said he did not believe Dembele will need another operation but was unsure how long the 30-year-old would be out of action.

“We need to assess in the next few days. We don’t know if it’s possible for him to be available to go to Cyprus,” Pochettino told reporters.

“And then we’ll see about Huddersfield (on Saturday). We need to check him every day.”

Pochettino saw several positives in the performance of Dembele’s replacement Moussa Sissoko, who has featured in midfield alongside Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier.

“Sissoko and Dembele have different characteristics,” Pochettino added.

“We had Christian and Sissoko, who can go forward on the right side to stretch the opponents. I feel happy in the way we changed and played. I think Sissoko was fantastic (against West Ham).”

Spurs next travel to Huddersfield Town in the league on Saturday. (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford; )

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