By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham have been handed a boost by midfielder Victor Wanyama after his national side failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.
A 1-1 draw against Zambia on Sunday ensured that Wanyama’s Kenya finished bottom in Group E in the qualifying campaign.
It’s a personal disappointment for the 32-time capped international but a boost for Spurs as they look to go into next year with the strongest possible squad.
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is set to run January 14 – February 5. Tottenham have four fixtures in this period against West Brom, Manchester City, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Wanyama moved to White Hart Lane from Premier League rivals Southampton in an £11million move this summer.
He has started all three of Tottenham’s matches in the new Premier League campaign and even got on the score sheet against Crystal Palace in the club’s second match, which they won 1-0.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to keep his squad fit and firing this season, as he looks to lead his side into Europe’s elite competition, the Champions League.
Tottenham have been drawn in a group with CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have made contact over the possibility of Emmanuel Adebayor returning to White Hart Lane.