With Tottenham’s final game scheduled for mid-May, it effectively rules the 21-year-old out for the season.

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Expectation for Bentaleb was high ahead of the 2015-16 season, but a mistake in Spurs’ opening day defeat at Manchester United saw him demoted to the bench. Although he returned to the starting XI later in August, it was a short-lived reprieve as ankle injury sidelined him in autumn.

Bentaleb last featured in the Premier League in January – coming on as an 88th minute substitute against Crystal Palace.

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It's only a hiccup. Bentaleb has plenty of time to regain his fitness for next season – and Tottenham would have gone about their Premier League quest without him anyway. This season has been a write-off, but Mauricio Pochettino's philosophy revolves around youngsters and the Algerian has every chance of being involved in 2016-17.

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