Tottenham will have a harder time chasing down Manchester City on top of the Premier League table after suffering another injury setback in Mousa Dembele.
Dembele, 29, sustained a foot injury in training that, according to Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, is causing him pain when he kicks the ball.
As the Belgian undergoes further tests later today, it is unclear whether he will be available to play at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, or for how long he will be sidelined.
However, it is acknowledged that the injury was a recurring one.
“He got a problem against Sunderland and then he got a knock in his foot and that is an old problem,” Pochettino said.
“He is now recovering from that. It’s minor but for him it’s painful. When he touches the ball it’s always painful for him.”
Dembele had missed Tottenham’s first four matches of the season because of the suspension that he received at the end of the previous campaign for gouging the eye of Chelsea’s Diego Costa.
He has played only twice since – as a half-time substitute in the Champions League tie against Monaco on 14 September and then as a starter against Sunderland.
However, he was taken off in the 74th minute with what Pochettino initially thought was cramp in his hamstring but the problem turned out to be more serious.
West Bromwich Albion (0) – (1) Tottenham