Victor Wanyama was a notable absentee from Tottenham’s Audi Cup squad against Real Madrid, with Spurs revealing that he’s suffering from ‘irritation in his knee’ and will be assessed in Enfield.
Wanyama hasn’t been able to escape his injury problems in recent years and is already starting the new season in bad shape. The 28-year-old’s future is uncertain following the arrival of Tanguy Ndombele, and this latest setback may remind Mauricio Pochettino that he can no longer be trusted.
The Kenyan international has made 93 appearances in all competitions since joining Spurs from Southampton in 2016, scoring and creating eight goals. Wanyama was a regular in his debut season but has struggled for playing time ever since.
He amassed only 838 minutes of Premier League football in 2017/18 and 509 in 2018/19. Wanyama fell out of favour under Pochettino last season and could now find himself behind the likes of Ndombele, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks in the pecking order.
The defensive-midfielder is unlikely to be given a starting role in 2019/20 and should be considering his options after being placed on the transfer list.