Belgium boss Marc Wilmots gives injury update on Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots says Tottenham's Mousa Dembele won't play this week.

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has given an injury update on Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele.

Dembele did not get past the warm up in Wednesday's training session, returning to the changing room after feeling pain in his calf.

Wilmots has indicated to Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade that Dembele will play no part against Italy in Friday's friendly match.

There still remains a possibility that he could see action next week against Spain, but he was concerned enough to call up an extra midfielder to the squad.

He said: "We work with him on an individual program to get him ready for the game against Spain. Because Dembélé was insecure, I called an extra midfielder (Steven) Defour."

Tottenham fans should hold faith that Dembele is in good hands. Belgium have already sent Vincent Kompany back to Manchester City to be treated after arriving with an injury picked up in the Premier League against Aston Villa.

He added that he let Kompany leave out of respect for his club commitments, but regarding Dembele he still feels there is a chance he could recover in time to play a part next week.

Unlike international captain Kompany who will certainly be first choice when fit, Wilmots still feels he has something to learn about Dembele, who was been on the fringes of a starting place for his country for a while, and wants to see if he can bring his recent improved form for Tottenham to the Red Devils.

Spurs face West Ham the following weekend, and will want to see the midfielder come back fully fit, regardless of whether he plays next week against Spain or not.

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