Midfielder returns to Tottenham after injury blow, this is when he will recover
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mousa Dembele will start to recover from his latest injury in the next 48 hours, according to Roberto Martinez.
The Belgium manager revealed on Saturday that Dembele has been allowed to return to England after injury ruled him out of the team’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia on Sunday.
Martinez took the decision after Dembele was unable to train on Friday or Saturday with what was described as “soft tissue problems”.
However, the 29-year-old is expected to recover in time for his club’s Premier League match against West Ham on Saturday of next week.
“We have allowed Mousa to go back to Tottenham,” Martinez said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “Not for a serious problem but he wasn’t 100 per cent for the game.
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“We have been in constant contact with Tottenham’s medical department and we think he will make improvement in the next 48 hours.”
Martinez has also ruled out Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany out of the game with a groin complaint though the defender will stay in Brussels to watch the match.
Premier League players Toby Aiderweireld and Marouane Fellaini weren’t named in the Belgian squad because of injuries while Burnley’s Steven Defour continues to be assessed after feeling sore having recently returned from injury.
Dembele recovered from a hamstring problem to play a key role in Spurs 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium last weekend.
He controlled the midfield with partner Victor Wanyama and won the 51st minute penalty that was converted by Harry Kane to seal a point for the visitors.
In other Tottenham team news, Ray Wilkins has hailed this Spurs player as “exceptional”.