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Tottenham's Alex Pritchard struggling with ankle problem and will miss North London derby against Arsenal

Alex Pritchard has been told he is part of Mauricio Pochettino's first-team plans at Tottenham
Image: Alex Pritchard will miss the North London derby

Tottenham's Alex Pritchard is still struggling with the ankle injury he suffered in the summer, Sky sources understand.

The 22-year-old sustained the problem at the U21s European Championships in June but managed to return to action in Spurs' 0-0 draw at home to Everton in late August.

Pritchard has not featured in the last three match-day squads for Tottenham however, and he will not be available for Wednesday night's North London derby against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

Mousa Dembele, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are also not yet available, despite Dembele and Mason stepping up their recoveries last week, but Christian Eriksen could start after featuring as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

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It is understood there is no prognosis yet over Pritchard's return but the academy graduate is working hard with Spurs' medical team to heal the joint fully.

But the problem is a blow for the attacker, who was told in the summer he was to be a fully integrated member of the first-team squad this season and signed a new four-year deal at the club last month.

He has made two Premier League appearances in total for Tottenham and starred on a season-long loan at Brentford last season.

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