Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has pulled out of training with a bruised calf while on international duty with Belgium. It will be a massive blow for both club and country, with the midfielder being in very good form in the last few games this season.
Belgian newspaper HLN claims that the player is a doubt for their upcoming games against Italy and Spain, which should not bode well for Tottenham. The midfielder scored a belter against Anderlecht to get Spurs the win, which took them top of their group in the Europa League. His performance against Arsenal in the ensuing weekend was representative of his form which has made him an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino's setup.
The midfielder trained indoors to keep himself from further harm but is yet to join the group for a full session, which should be worrying for the Tottenham manager, as they look to push for a place in the top four following the international break. Spurs are currently three points behind Manchester United in fourth and five points behind Arsenal and Manchester City, who are joint on top.
Meanwhile, Pochettino has congratulated Tottenham fans for their unerring support to the club and revealed that he went up to their side to thank their participation following Spurs' 1-1 draw with Arsenal. The Lilywhites were the better team for the major part of the fixture, but the Gunners nicked a point through Kieran Gibbs, who came on as a substitute.
"I wanted to give them recognition. It's never easy to come here and the support from our fans is very important," Pochettino told Tottenham's official website. "I always think the players deserve it more but I wanted to recognise them and that's a good thing for me, for them and for all of us. We need to be all together to achieve good things for this big club at Tottenham Hotspur. I think they were also proud of the way we played. It was a fantastic moment."