By Russell Edge
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could welcome back both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama to the squad against Bournemouth after their injury layoffs, according to a report.
Football news website football.london states in an injury update on Spurs that the midfield pair are both set to return on Saturday, October 14, the day the Cherries visit Wembley.
While it is unlikely either of the duo will start the game, there is every chance Pochettino will include one of them among the substitutes, and even potentially hand them some minutes from the bench in order to boost their fitness.
Dembele has been suffering with a persistent ankle injury which has seen him ruled out of action since the middle of September, having started the club’s opening three games of the season.
He has six appearances to his name this season, although faces a fight for his place in the starting XI after Harry Winks demonstrated his ability in the 30-year-old’s absence.
Wanyama meanwhile has been missing from the squad since their 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea, his only start of the season, as a result of cartilage damage in his knee.
The 44-time-capped Kenyan international has made 49 appearances for Spurs since arriving from Southampton in 2016, and like Dembele faces a fight for a role in the starting line up, with Eric Dier taking on the responsibility of midfield enforcer.
The report also states that Danny Rose is expected to return to action by the end of this month, while long term absentee Erik Lamela has been given a return date at the start of November.
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