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Spurs midfielder ruled out of international qualifiers through injury

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele was stretchered off this weekend during the club's match with Everton. The player looked to have turned his ankle pretty badly following a nifty little cut-back in the penalty box. Dembele, apparently, traveled to Brussles to meet up with his Belgium teammates, but afer having a scan on the injured ankle, he was replaced in the squad by Steven Defour.

Honestly, it's a little weird that Spurs just sent Dembele to Belgium without conducting their own scan of his ankle. It's unlikely that any scan was able to be done on Sunday, but before Dembele got on a plane on Monday Spurs' medical staff probably should have checked him out.

At this point, however, it's all a moot point. Dembele is probably on his way back to London and should have the entire international break to recuperate. With no official word on how bad the ankle is, we have to assume that he should be only facing two or three weeks out and could be ready to play again once the domestic leagues return to action.