By Tony Hughes

Mousa Dembele is facing an extended spell on the sidelines, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

The Tottenham manager revealed on Thursday afternoon that they key midfielder has suffered a recurrence of an old foot injury.

Dembele, 28, will miss Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Brom and is also set to be absent next week as his return to first-team action is delayed.

The Belgian international missed both his country’s games in the international break after suffering the damage in training with Spurs prior to the 2-0 win over Manchester City earlier this month.

His left foot was stamped on as he challenged for the ball, meaning Dembele now feels pain whenever he uses it.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino called the injury “minor” but it is a worry for Tottenham that one of their most important players has made just two appearances this term.

Dembele missed the first four league games of the campaign due to suspension, before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-0 home win over Sunderland last month.

In other Tottenham team news, a fringe player has revealed whether he has regrets about agreeing to deal with Pochettino.