Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has been ruled out until the new year with an ankle injury.
Demeble suffered the problem against Wolves last week and scans have confirmed ligament damage.
The Belgium midfielder has been linked with a move away from the club in January.
Pochettino hopes Dembele will be back in action by early January.
He said: “We hope that from the beginning of January he will be ready.
“It is always about the patience, how he is going to react to the injury but we hope he is going to be ready by early January.”