Villas-Boas eager for Dembele’s Tottenham return

Andre Villas-Boas has his fingers crossed that his Tottenham Hotspur side will not be without Belgium international Moussa Dembele for too long, the Daily Mail has reported, after Dembele suffered a re-occurrence of an old injury while playing for his country.

Dembele had to be substituted at half-time of Belgium’s win over Scotland during the international break after the hip injury that hampered his final season at Fulham flared up. The newspaper adds that Dembele missed three games in January with the problem last year, and after a heavy fall against Scotland complained of pain in the area. Tottenham are awaiting the results of a scan.

Villas-Boas revealed that Dembele had a fitness test before Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea on Saturday but the midfielder was in too much discomfort to play any part in the 4-2 win for the visitors. Without Dembele, the Mail claims, Tottenham surrendered the midfield to the league leaders.

Top players are missed,” Villas-Boas said, adding: “He suffers discomfort and pain on his hip which is not something that shows on the scan so it’s difficult to assess. He had a chance to play [against Chelsea] but the pain didn’t go away.

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