Moussa Dembele has cured his long-standing ankle problem after undergoing surgery, according to a reliable journalist.
The Tottenham midfield mainstay had ankle surgery in the off-season to address what had been a persistent problem that forced manager Mauricio Pochettino to ration his game time at the end of last season.
But Dembele, 29, returned to the Spurs training ground on Monday to take a full part in fitness drills for what the club stated was his first day of pre-season.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who covers the Premier League-based Belgium players for newspaper HLN, reported on his personal Twitter account that surgery had cured Dembele’s ankle issues/
— Kristof Terreur ???? (@HLNinEngeland) July 10, 2017
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 10, 2017
This will provide a major boost for Spurs ahead of the upcoming campaign, as the Belgium international has been a key member of the team that has been transformed under Pochettino.
Dembele’s central midfield partnership with Victor Wanyama was instrumental in Spurs finishing second in last season’s Premier League and achieving their highest-ever points tally in the competition.
In the previous year, the midfield powerhouse was equally effective alongside Eric Dier in the middle of the pitch.
Dembele has emerged as a huge favourite of the White Hart Lane faithful since signing from Fulham for £15million in the summer of 2012.
He is frequently hailed by by his Tottenham teammates as well as opponents as the best player in Pochettino’s squad.