Mauricio Pochettino: 'Mousa Dembele playing time must be managed'

Pochettino: 'We must be careful with Dembele'
© SilverHub
Mauricio Pochettino remains cautious about overusing Mousa Dembele, despite the midfielder undergoing surgery in the summer to ease a long-standing foot injury.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it is "important to manage" Mousa Dembele properly as he recovers from a foot problem.

The 30-year-old appeared to put his injury issues behind him when undergoing surgery at the end of last season to ease the long-standing damage.

Pochettino has named Dembele as a substitute in his last two league games against Everton and Swansea City, however, keeping the Belgian on the bench last time out against the Swans.

After using the midfielder in midweek games against Borussia Dortmund and Barnsley, Pochettino hinted that he may again overlook one of his "geniuses" for Saturday's showdown with West Ham United.

"It is so important to manage him properly," he told reporters. "We have very good communication with the doctor, physio, sports science and coaching staff to try to help him because to help him is to help the team.

"He is a player who I have told you many times is, for me, one of the geniuses that I have met in football. It is key to keep him fit and try to provide all the quality that he has to the team. He shares the decisions. That relationship is important in order to help him.

"It's a private matter, a medical matter, and it's so difficult to speak about – first of all, because I don't have the vocabulary in English to explain everything properly and then, to make a mistake, is so easy. It's better to be cautious about what I say [about his recovery]."

Dembele, who joined Spurs from Fulham for an undisclosed fee in 2012, started only one his side's final five matches last season.

Share this article now:
Mauricio Pochettino embraces Harry Kane during the Champions League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund on September 13, 2017
Read Next:
Pochettino rubbishes Kane exit talk
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand