Belfast Telegraph

Mauricio Pochettino ‘a little bit worried’ over Mousa Dembele injury

Tottenham face PSV in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino admits he is worried about Mousa Dembele’s fitness ahead of the must-win Champions League game with PSV.

The midfielder came off after just six minutes of Saturday’s 3-2 win at Wolves with an ankle injury.

He will be assessed before Tuesday’s game, with Spurs third in Group B and needing to win to keep their qualification hopes alive.

“We don’t know but we are a little bit worried,” said Pochettino. “We need to see because we need to assess him on Monday.

“It will be a shame because we hope it’s not a big issue.

“It’s very painful now but I hope it’s not a big issue and he can be with the team again soon.”

Fellow midfielders Victor Wanyama (knee) and Eric Dier (thigh) are already out while Son Heung-Min replaced Dembele at Molineux.

Dele Alli was rested to keep him fresh for Tuesday as Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put Spurs 3-0 up on Saturday.

But penalties from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez – both conceded by Premier League debutant Juan Foyth – ensured a nervous finish for Tottenham.

They returned to the top four, at Arsenal’s expense, while Wolves slipped to a third straight defeat.

Despite their poor run – the first time Wolves have lost three successive games under boss Nuno Espirito Santo – the manager will not change his philosophy.

“I will not ever do that. I will not do it,” said Nuno, with Wolves sitting 11th after Saturday’s matches.

“We have a ‘how’ and that is the most important thing we have.

“We do it our way with our style, our ideas and our principles and there are mistakes we have to collect, but we have to keep on moving.”

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