Martin Keown suggests Mousa Dembele's injury could damage Tottenham's title challenge

Martin Keown believes Tottenham could really miss Mousa Dembele.

Pundit Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Tottenham will really miss midfielder Mousa Dembele after his injury.

Spurs are back in Premier League action this weekend, as they host Swansea City at White Hart Lane after three games in the Europa League and FA Cup.

Mauricio Pochettino's men sit just two points behind league leaders Leicester City, but have recently encountered some problems on the injury front.

Defender Jan Vertonghen suffered a major injury against Crystal Palace in January, whilst goalkeeper Hugo Lloris also picked up a wrist injury against Manchester City.

Harry Kane picked up a broken nose against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday, meaning he missed tonight's game against Fiorentina, but one of the biggest blows could be Mousa Dembele.

The Belgian midfielder has picked up a groin injury, meaning he could miss vital games against Swansea, West Ham and Arsenal as the title race enters its final stretch.

Now, pundit Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Tottenham's title challenge has suffered a blow with the absence of the influential Dembele, who has enjoyed his best season for the club since joining from Fulham back in the summer of 2012.

Keown suggested that Dembele's pace, vision and strength make him such an important player for Spurs, and Pochettino must now adapt his midfield to compensate for the loss of the Belgian star.

"Another factor to contend with will be the loss of Mousa Dembele to injury," said Keown. "They were in fantastic form before losing to Palace, and I think a lot of this was down to Pochettino naming essentially the same team week in, week out – it’s nice to look around and see the same faces every game, but now Dembele will be missing from the midfield."

"The Belgian is a very good footballer – his pace, vision and strength make for a very potent mix and he's virtually impossible to knock off the ball," he added.

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