Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the imminent return of Victor Wanyama will be a big boost for his team.
The Kenyan has been sidelined with a knee injury since their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the second week of the season but is expected to return around early in the new year.
"We need to see how he reacts, his knee," Pochettino said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Burnley.
"But it's a very good feeling from him. We will see when he can be involved again. Last season, he was such an important player for us.
"And this season, it's true. In a position that you need to be strong, we have missed a player like him.
"It will be fantastic if, as soon as possible, he can be again involved and available to be selected because he is a very good player; a very important player for us."
Spurs lie seventh in the standings ahead of their trip to Turf Moor, one point behind the Clarets.
Kick-off is at 19:30.