By Dominic Toner
Tottenham midfielder skipped training for Belgium on Monday, according to a reliable journalist.
The 29-year-old has linked up with the Belgian national team ahead of the upcoming fixtures during the international break, but was unable to take part in a training session.
He delivered a man-of-the-match performance on Sunday in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal and is said to be recovering from the game.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who writes for HLN has reported on his personal Twitter account that Dembele missed training alongside international team-mate Marouane Fellaini.
“Mousa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini missed the Belgium training today. They stayed inside. Fellaini has a minor calf injury. Dembele was struggling with sore muscles after his MOTM performance against Arsenal,” Terreur wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Dembele earned a move to White Hart Lane in 2012 after an impressive spell with London rivals Fulham.
The Belgian international has made 166 appearances for Spurs since his arrival, scoring nine goals and supplying 10 assists.
He played a key role in the heart of the club’s midfield last season as they enjoyed their best ever finish in the Premier League in third, but does face tough opposition to stay in the side
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