Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

Michael Brown has suggested Harry Winks’ lack of game time at Tottenham could be down to an injury.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the ex-Spurs midfielder claimed there may be more to the central midfielder’s demotion than meets the eye.

Winks, 24, has made nine Tottenham appearances this season but has not started any of their last five Premier League matches.

Summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele have emerged as the first choice midfield trio in Jose Mourinho’s 4-3-3 formation.

Spurs academy product Winks has not quite been sidelined as much as Dele Alli but he faces a major battle to force his way into the starting XI for league matches.

Asked about Winks slipping down the Tottenham pecking order, Brown told Football Insider: Obviously he’ll play for England at some point in the games.

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“Yeah, it’s tough if that’s the case – we’ll obviously need to check that he’s definitely not had any sort of injury because we don’t always know that. He’s a brilliant player, Harry Winks, and he’s got loads more to contribute along the way

“It’ll be good for him to get some games this week with England.”

Asked if he thought the midfielder might need to head out on loan in January, Brown said: “We’re sat in November, he’s going to play his part in these internationals, I’d imagine, there’s tonnes of games for Spurs so he’s going to play a lot of football.”

Winks has failed to even make the matchday squad for two of Tottenham’s last three league games, Giovani Lo Celso preferred to him on the bench in the 1-0 win against West Brom last weekend.

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