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No surgery for Moussa Dembele, who could return against Arsenal

Moussa Dembele looks like he will avoid surgery on his injured hip, and could return for the North London Derby.

Scott Heavey

Moussa Dembele is still injured and might miss a few more games, but he appears to have dodged a bullet. The team learned yesterday that he will not require surgery on his injured hip, and they're targeting a return for the North London Derby against Arsenal on the 17th of November.

Without Dembele in the squad, Tottenham has lacked energy and creativity in the midfield. Tom Huddlestone improves with every match, but he's certainly not all the way back yet, and he's never created anything by running at defenders in his life. With questions lingering over Sandro's fitness as well, Spurs' midfield is thin, and they need Dembele back as soon as possible.

"We could either give him surgery immediately, but there is no certainty it will cure the problem, or he could rest, have manual therapy, train in the swimming pool. That allows the player the possibility of return within 10-15 days, so we are taking that option at the moment, without having the surgery."

We'll see Tom Huddlestone against Manchester City for sure, but we'll have to wait another day or two to learn how fit Sandro is. Can we see a Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll partnership in Europa League tomorrow? We might need to play one of them at Eastlands, and perhaps at the Emirates as well.