Spurs have a chance of ending the Year of Our Lord 2015 with nine points out of their last three matches this Sunday when they head to Liverpool to face Everton at Goodison Park. Unfortunately, they'll do so without one of their key components of their midfield. The club today announced that Mousa Dembele will miss the Everton match due to injury.
Mauricio on Everton TEAM NEWS: "@mousadembele has a small injury but we hope he's back with us in a few weeks." pic.twitter.com/Pn6OECeZGy— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 31, 2015
The injury is another flare-up of the same ankle that has sidelined Dembele two other times this season. Thankfully it doesn't appear to be serious, but it does come at a bad time. Besides Sunday's league match at Everton, it's possible that Dembele will miss both upcoming home matches against high-flying Leicester City: in the FA Cup on January 10, and the league match on January 13.
The question for Spurs now becomes what they'll do in Mousa's absence. Tom Carroll seems to be the central midfield standby, but Son Heung-Min would have to be a contender to start after a strong substitute appearance (and a winning goal) against Watford. Carroll would likely slot in as a like-for-like, but if Pochettino opts for Son, Dele Alli would likely move back into the pivot and Christian Eriksen would move to the #10.
This fully crystalizes what an odd and wonderful season it's been for Tottenham Hotspur: Mousa Dembele goes down with an injury and the question now is whether Spurs starts Tom Carroll or Sonny in his place. And we don't know which! What a world!