Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed midfielder Mousa Dembele for playing through the pain barrier for a number of months in order to help his side this season.
Dembele has a recurring foot injury that has given him pain during the latter stages of this campaign. However, as the London club fought on multiple fronts, the Belgian has played through the pain in order to be of service to his manager and team.
The 29-year-old’s typically strong performances have often come from substitute appearances, but the news that Dembele has given his all despite being injured will only endear him more towards the Spurs fans. Now, Pochettino has said he owes thanks to the former Fulham man for his efforts.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard ahead of their trip to Leicester tonight, Pochettino said: “After Sunday we will see a specialist.
“He is OK but maybe not in his best condition to play 90 minutes, but he has been available to help the team in the last few weeks.
“I want to say thank you because he has been in a lot of pain but he has tried to help the team reach the FA Cup Final and finish second in the table.”
Martin Jol on Mousa Dembele: “He could play for any top team in the world. He is so strong and he will never lose the ball. He is so good.” pic.twitter.com/jE42iduLyp
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Tottenham have also been without Danny Rose since the 0-0 draw with Sunderland on January 31. The full-back recently underwent surgery on his knee which will possibly keep him out beyond the start of next season.
Pochettino added: “We wish him a speedy recovery but we can’t push him. We need to see how he reacts.”
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