By Tom Blackburn
Victor Wanyama has reassured fans that the only reason he isn’t travelling to Oslo with the rest of the Tottenham squad is that he couldn’t obtain a visa in time.
Wanyama took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to express his sadness at not being able to feature in Spurs’ pre-season friendly against Inter Milan on Friday.
Really sad I couldn't make it to Oslo. Was looking forward to playing Inter, unfortunately my visa didn't get processed in time 🙁
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) August 4, 2016
Spurs released their squad for the tour via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 4, 2016
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has named youngsters Luke Amos, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marcus Edwards, Shayon Harrison, Luke McGee, Anton Walkes and Harry Winks in his squad.
Senior stars including Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Dele Alli have returned to the squad following their Euro 2016 campaigns this summer.
Wanyama, 25, will likely be competing with midfielders Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele for a starting position this season, and could find it difficult to dislodge the pair who were so influential in Spurs’ Champions League qualification last season.
Wanyama had an excellent 2015-16 season, making 35 appearances for Southampton, and provided evidence of his ball-winning capabilities in midfield.
The former Celtic man will play for Pochettino for the second time after being brought to England by the Tottenham manager when he was in charge at St Mary’s in the summer of 2013.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has dropped a major hint that their senior quartet could be leaving Spurs.