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Spurs boss lifts the lid on Dembele absence, Vertonghen injury and Rose fitness

08:00 05 December 2013

Andre Villas-Boas (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Andre Villas-Boas (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Mousa Dembele missed the 2-1 win at Fulham because of a hip complaint.

The Belgian international had been in the travelling party but the reoccurrence of the injury meant that the Portuguese coach was unwilling to risk him.

“He suffers from hip pains that he carried from last season,” Villas-Boas explained.

“He normally needs three days to recover. He was initially selected to travel but it was too painful this morning so we left him out.”

Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen had to be helped off the pitch after the victory at Fulham and Villas-Boas is unsure whether the 26-year-old will feature in Saturday’s trip to Sunderland.

“He rolled his ankle and I think at the moment it’s quite swollen,” the Spurs boss admitted.

“We’ll assess it today medically. I don’t want to rule him out immediately. At the moment it’s quite swollen.”

With Vertonghen filling in for the injured Danny Rose at left back it could leave Tottenham with a dilemma as to who plays there, especially with the 23-year-old unlikely to play any part as he steps up his recovery from a foot injury.

“Danny comes back into training today,” Villas-Boas explained.

“Sunderland and Anzhi will probably be too soon for him.

“Fitness wise he’s okay but we need to get him into the rhythm of training and hopefully we’ll see him back.”

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