Tottenham have been handed a boost after it was confirmed that Etienne Capoue will only be out for four weeks with an ankle sprain.

Initially it was believed that the Frenchman may have broken his fibula and would be out for a significant period of time.

Capoue, who signed for £9 million only a few weeks ago, went over badly on his left ankle in the 72nd minute after a clumsy tackle from Santi Cazorla in Sunday's north London derby.

He had  to be given oxygen before being stretchered off. 

A statement on Tottenham's website read: "Etienne Capoue has this morning (Monday) undergone an MR scan which has revealed the midfielder suffered an ankle sprain against Arsenal on Sunday.

"The recent signing from Toulouse was injured after 72 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and was immediately taken to hospital to consult with a foot and ankle specialist.

"Early indications suggest the France international will be unavailable for a period of four weeks."

Andre Villas-Boas will be greatly relieved after MR scans today revealed that there were no broken bones, meaning that Capoue should be able to return to action at the beginning of October.

Sandro will likely come in to the Tottenham squad during Capoue's rehabilitation.

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