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Normally the news that Spurs players are returning home from international duty with an injury is not a good one, but in the case of Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen it could be a positive.

Dembele was ruled out of Belgium’s match with Estonia and sent home by his manager Roberto Martinez, having been unable to train on Friday and Saturday.

However, Demeble is apparently suffering from what has been described as ‘soft-tissue problems’ and is expected to recover in time to face West Ham next weekend.

Eriksen’s injury also seems relatively innocuous. The Dane was in terrific form on Friday against Kazakhstan, scoring a first-half penalty, followed by a brilliant solo effort in injury time.

He has been pulled out of Denmark’s friendly match with Czech Republic on Tuesday with a ‘minor injury’. It seems that for both players it’s a case of being sent back to their club to rest, rather than to unnecessarily risk something more serious developing.

That can only be good news for Spurs, as the club embarks on a packed schedule of important fixtures, which includes the home match with West Ham, before making trips to Monaco in the Champions League and Chelsea in the Premier League.

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