Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that midfielder maestro Mousa Dembele “needs more training” in order to complete 90 minutes with the first-team.
The 30-year-old is on his way to full fitness following an ankle injury in September and since then, he has only managed to complete the full match in the 2-1 Champions League victory against Borussia Dortmund last week.
The Belgian last completed 90 minutes in the Premier League two months ago in the 1-1 draw against Burnley at Wembley Stadium.
The midfielder came on a substitute in the weekend’s fixture against West Bromwich Albion but he was unable to prevent Spurs from slumping to a damaging draw.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of the Leicester clash, Pochettino revealed that Dembele is still unable to complete the entire match due to his fitness issues.
“He still struggles a little bit,” he said as quoted in Football London.
“Remember he was two, three weeks away. He’s getting better and better, but he needs more training to try to get consistent and then to cope with 90 minutes.
“I am happy because his performance had a massive impact against West Brom on Saturday.”
As a result of his injury problems, the Belgium international has failed to contribute with a single goal or assist for Spurs in all competitions.
Pochettino has deployed Dembele in a deeper role over the last couple of seasons, which has reduced his attacking threat on the pitch as he only managed to score one goal last season.
The midfielder will be hopeful of getting more minutes in midweek as Spurs look to secure their first Premier League in three matches.
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