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Moussa Dembele has missed the club's last eight games with a niggling hip problem

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele ruled out of north London derby against Arsenal

Villas-Boas is already without Scott Parker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul

Jermain Defoe once put five past Wigan

Tottenham could be without three key players for north London derby against Arsenal

Andre Villas-Boas could be without three key players as his Tottenham side look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat at Manchester City by overcoming Arsenal in Saturday’s north London derby.

Jermain Defoe scores the first of his hat-trick

Andre Villas-Boas changes tack and Tottenham find some fresh wind

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tom Huddlestone asks Tottenham fans to be patient amid Andre Villas-Boas changes

Tom Huddlestone has told Tottenham's disgruntled fans they must be more patient as the team are still adapting to the changes made by Andre Villas-Boas.

No operation needed for Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele will not have an operation on his injured hip and could return for Tottenham's north London derby against Arsenal, manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed today.

Spurs: Jan Vertonghen, £10m from Ajax

Jan Vertonghen concerned about Tottenham injury list ahead of Southampton clash

Jan Vertonghen hopes injuries do not prevent Tottenham getting back to winning ways at Southampton this weekend.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Tottenham Hotspur in action against Ales Mertelj of Maribor

Maribor provided 'difficult game' says Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe was disappointed to leave Slovenia without three points but conceded last night's 1-1 draw with Maribor had been a “difficult game”.

Jason Roberts has got it wrong on his Kick It Out racism campaign

This is not the kind of thing a white man should say. But Jason Roberts seems to have got it wrong on racism. The black footballer has called for a boycott of this weekend's anti-racism Kick It Out protest. He feels it has not been vigorous enough in its response to abuse in the game.

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker can be England regular says Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is certain that Steven Caulker has a long international career ahead of him despite the defender being left out of Roy Hodgson's latest England squad.

Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from Europa League group

Manager Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from their Europa League group despite watching his team throw away two points at Panathinaikos last night.

Toche caught Spurs napping with his equaliser last night

Villas-Boas forced to rue wasted chances as Spurs fail to fire

Andre Villas-Boas wants to take the Europa League seriously. Last night, for Spurs' game at Panathanaikos, he thought he had found the right balance, picking the first-choice attacking players but also Hugo Lloris, Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone down the spine of the team. When Dawson headed in Huddlestone's free-kick, it looked set to work perfectly. But when Spanish striker Toche made a late run in between Dawson, Lloris and Steven Caulker and equalised, two points were lost.

Toche caught Spurs napping with his equaliser last night

Andre Villas-Boas left to rue Tottenham's wasted chances against Panathinaikos

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Spurs: Jan Vertonghen, £10m from Ajax

Jan Vertonghen eager to end Tottenham's 23-year wait for victory at Old Trafford

Jan Vertonghen insists Tottenham are more than capable of ending their 23-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford.

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