Injury headache for AVB ahead of Saints game

Daily Echo: Mousa Dembele (left) Mousa Dembele (left)

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes he will not be without Mousa Dembele for too long after revealing the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of the niggling hip injury which sidelined him for Fulham last season.

Spurs, who visit St Mary's on Sunday, greatly missed Dembele's calmness and distribution on Saturday as their four-match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Chelsea, who ran out 4-2 winners at White Hart Lane.

Dembele, 25, who has been a big hit since arriving for £15million on deadline day, had to come off at half-time during Belgium's win over Scotland on Tuesday after triggering an old hip injury he suffered at Fulham last season.

The versatile player missed three games towards the end of January with the same problem and Villas-Boas admits losing Dembele for a similar length of time would be a big blow for the Londoners.

''Top players are missed,'' Villas-Boas said. ''He had a scan, but we haven't seen the results yet. He suffers discomfort and pain on his hip which is not something that shows on the scan so it's difficult to assess.

''Fulham took him off for a period of two weeks. He had a chance to play (on Saturday) and had a late fitness test but the pain didn't go away.

''It's something that comes back to him. He fell awkwardly in the Scotland game against Belgium and felt the pain.''

Without Dembele and Gareth Bale - who missed the game because his partner went into labour - Spurs looked weak in midfield, with Tom Huddlestone still lacking match sharpness after recovering from a long-term ankle injury this summer.

Much had been made of Villas-Boas' hidden determination to get one over on his old employers and defender Jan Vertonghen admits the manner of the derby defeat was frustrating.

The victory over Aston Villa aside, Spurs have failed to produce a solid 90-minute display at White Hart Lane this season.

Only a much-improved second-half display allowed them to beat QPR and the team were patchy at best against West Brom and Norwich, while they were terrible in the first half against Chelsea, who should have had more than a Gary Cahill goal to show for their dominance.

''At home we seem to play better in the second half than the first,'' said Vertonghen, who signed from Ajax this summer. ''We need to think about how to put two strong halves together.

''We need to work out how to put a bit more pressure on teams from the start.

''They were the best team I faced this year, but I knew they would be. I knew their players before I came here and what they are capable of. Chelsea are a good team but I feel we should have done better.''

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12:45pm Mon 22 Oct 12

Folkestone Saint says...

If he has a head-ache we must hae a migraine
If he has a head-ache we must hae a migraine Folkestone Saint
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1:02pm Mon 22 Oct 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

WE have our own injury problems to sort out.we need Cork,Tad Lee and Ramirez back pretty darn quick.Talking of injuries Aaron Martin hasn't featured for Palace now for quite a few games.Is he injured.If not we just as well bring him back to ST MARYS.what is the point of playing in the stiffs at palace.If fit he could be on the bench or pitch for us.
I see Gareth Bale didnt play for the totts on saturday cos his better half was having a sprog.lets hope he takes his full statutory paternity leave and doesn't play against us on sunday.We got TOMMY FORECAST as part of the Bale to SPURS deal.Nice one Rupert.He didn't play for the GILLS at the weekend get him back to the SAINTS and give him his debut against Spurs.We have tried 3 goalies already this season.4th time lucky perhaps.desperate times need desperate measures.oh well in that case lets get JON FORTE and LEE BARNARD back too.Plus HAMMOND and Sharp..Is RYAN DICKSON and Butterfield still about.lets throw them onto the pitch too.plus SEABORNE,DE RIDDER AND CHAPLOW.All of them have got points to prove.the usual lot NA has been playing have let us and themselves down.come on Nige if you are going to be shown the door do it in style by giving the SAINTS underdogs a trot out on the hallowed turf.
WE have our own injury problems to sort out.we need Cork,Tad Lee and Ramirez back pretty darn quick.Talking of injuries Aaron Martin hasn't featured for Palace now for quite a few games.Is he injured.If not we just as well bring him back to ST MARYS.what is the point of playing in the stiffs at palace.If fit he could be on the bench or pitch for us. I see Gareth Bale didnt play for the totts on saturday cos his better half was having a sprog.lets hope he takes his full statutory paternity leave and doesn't play against us on sunday.We got TOMMY FORECAST as part of the Bale to SPURS deal.Nice one Rupert.He didn't play for the GILLS at the weekend get him back to the SAINTS and give him his debut against Spurs.We have tried 3 goalies already this season.4th time lucky perhaps.desperate times need desperate measures.oh well in that case lets get JON FORTE and LEE BARNARD back too.Plus HAMMOND and Sharp..Is RYAN DICKSON and Butterfield still about.lets throw them onto the pitch too.plus SEABORNE,DE RIDDER AND CHAPLOW.All of them have got points to prove.the usual lot NA has been playing have let us and themselves down.come on Nige if you are going to be shown the door do it in style by giving the SAINTS underdogs a trot out on the hallowed turf. CB FRY LIVES
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1:50pm Mon 22 Oct 12

dommyball says...

Bale will be playing and it will be an easy win for Spurs with or without Dembele.

May also look to sign up Lallana for next season..
Bale will be playing and it will be an easy win for Spurs with or without Dembele. May also look to sign up Lallana for next season.. dommyball
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7:18pm Mon 22 Oct 12

mickey01 says...

lets face it , their fourth string would be too good for us at the moment
lets face it , their fourth string would be too good for us at the moment mickey01
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11:51pm Mon 22 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Love the positivity being shown on the thread or is it realism?
Love the positivity being shown on the thread or is it realism? OSPREYSAINT
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