Thursday 20 October 2016

Spurs star Mousa Dembele hopes foot injury not as serious as it looks

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele
Tottenham's Mousa Dembele

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is hopeful the foot injury he sustained during Saturday's Premier League clash with Everton will not keep him on the sidelines for very long.

Both sides had a player carried from the pitch on a stretcher, Everton's Tom Cleverley in clear pain after being felled by Eric Dier and Dembele following a bizarre self-inflicted injury during the goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

Even upon viewing replays it was unclear exactly how the 28-year-old Belgium midfielder had been hurt, although his right boot appeared to clip his left Achilles.

Dembele posted on Twitter yesteray morning: "Pity we couldn't win yesterday. Let's hope the injury is not too bad. Thank you all for the support! #COYS."

Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard put in the best performance of the day as he kept a clean sheet with a string of superb saves.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident that Cleverley's leg injury is not as serious as first feared.

The 26-year-old England midfielder, who has started all four of Everton's opening Premier League games this season, was carried off on a stretcher with his right leg in a boot.

But Toffees boss Martinez told the club's official website: "The physio is a little bit more positive (after the match than he was at half-time)."

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