Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is to miss the remainder of the year with an ankle injury.
Dembele, who has a history of foot injuries, underwent a scan this week which revealed slight damage to his ligaments.
Providing an update on the 31-year-old's injury, Pochettino told reporters at Thursday's press conference: "We hope that from the beginning of January Dembele will be ready.
"After that, it's about the evolution, which is very dynamic and always it's about the [individual] patient."
Dembele is out of contract with Spurs at the end of the season and is therefore free to speak to clubs over a free transfer from January.