Tottenham are concerned over the fitness of midfielder Mousa Dembele in the lead up to the North London Derby against Arsenal on Sunday, according to the International Business Times.
The Belgian international was substituted at half-time with an ankle injury in Spurs’ victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday,
Spurs’ victory puts them four points behind league leaders Chelsea with five games remaining in the campaign, and with Dembele an integral part of Tottenham’s setup, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a quick recovery over the coming days.
Speaking after the game on Wednesday night Pochettino said: “Mousa suffered a twist to his ankle and I think in that moment we decided to change the shape. Son (Heung-Min) and Moussa Sissoko worked well. I think we played well and deserved the victory.”
Pochettino could have also faced the prospect of being without Victor Wanyama against Arsenal after he narrowly avoided a red card against the Eagles in the first half as he was already on a booking when we went in for another questionable tackle.
The Argentine said: ”It’s true that after he got the yellow card there was another challenge. The fans were very warm and tried to pressure the referee a little bit.”
Although the gap at the top remains at four points Tottenham have a difficult run in to overcome if they are to pose a serious challenge to Chelsea’s lead as they are still to face tests against the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United.
However, the Spurs boss is still urging his side to keep up the pressure, he added: “That is the challenge to keep it going. Now we will try to recover. It is better when you win.
Looking ahead to Sunday, the 45-year-old said: “It is true it is a big derby (against Arsenal) maybe the last at White Hart Lane. Very special for our fans, very special for everyone and I think it will be a very exciting game.”