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Injury news — Tottenham’s Dembele rehabilitating ankle injury in Qatar

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Looks like Moose could be out a while.

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Dealing with the after-effects of sports injuries can be challenging, and sometimes you have to go beyond what the club physios can offer. That’s why Mousa Dembele has left London and is now rehabilitating in a sports medicine center in Doha, Qatar, according to Tottenham Hotspur social media.

Of course, you might remember Aspertar as the same Qatari sports medicine center that Harry Winks went to when he was recovering from injury. They seem to be pretty good at fixing ankles, as Winks eventually made a full recovery from his injury.

Part of the challenge, however, is that Dembele is 31 years old and in the twilight of his career. That could make a difference as to his ability to heal and come back quickly. Spurs haven’t given any update as to how long he’s going to be out, but the fact that he’s seeing an overseas specialist isn’t exactly promising news.

In Dembele’s case, he’s also dealing with a chronic foot injury that has dogged him for the past couple of seasons. He even admitted that his foot issue has meant that he has been playing with chronic pain.

Not sure if the ankle that Moose injured against Wolverhampton a couple of weeks ago is the same leg as the foot that he’s been dealing with, but if it is it might be one reason why he’s heading to see a Qatari specialist. Or it could just be a really nasty injury. Either way, it’s likely it will be a while before we see Moose back on the pitch for Tottenham Hotspur.

Good results are no longer a foregone conclusion with Moose — it’s likely he’s going to leave the club this summer as his contract is expiring in June, and this injury probably means that Spurs won’t be able to sell him in January either. So it’s a matter now of healing him up as quickly as possible, with the hopes that he can return to the midfield sometime in 2019.