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Ryan Mason injury not as bad as feared; could play against Leicester

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Ryan Mason had a good match on Saturday against Burnley before being substituted in the first half after picking up what looked like a nasty ankle injury. However, it turns out that his injury may not be as bad as what it first appeared on the field.

The Evening Standard's Tom Collomosse is reporting that Mason's ankle injury is more a knock than a serious issue, though it looked pretty bad at the time:

The midfielder hobbled off close to half-time in the 2-1 win over Burnley with what appeared to be a severe problem, after he had fallen awkwardly trying to convert a pass from Christian Eriksen. He is thought to have been in considerable pain in the hours after the incident and was worrying about a long absence.

But Standard Sport understands that the damage is not as bad as the player and club first feared and that there is an outside chance Mason could be involved in the Boxing Day trip to Leicester - even though Spurs may decide to err on the side of caution.

Collomosse suggests that Mason might even be in the frame for the Boxing Day fixture against Leicester City. This would be, of course, welcome news. Mason had been off the boil a bit the past few weeks since breaking into the first team during the North London Derby, but he played well in his shift against Burnley. Mason is a forward-looking midfielder who tries stuff, and while he has a history of injuries he's a player whom we wouldn't want to be without in the Christmas season.

Leicester City is bottom of the table, so it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he was rested for this weekend's match, but rotation will definitely be needed, and a healthy Mason will help things along. The matches come fast and thick around Christmas, and not having Mason will limit Spurs' midfield options. Get well soon, Ryan.