Paul Robinson is “really surprised” to hear Tottenham attacker Steven Bergwijn has been sent home from international duty due to a fitness issue.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said it would be “worrying” if the 23-year-old did not have the “core fitness” to play for the Netherlands at this stage of the season.
A statement from the Dutch FA revealed that the winger is “not fit enough” to play for Frank de Boer’s side against Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.
Bergwijn has made 10 appearances for Spurs this season but has not made the matchday squad for their last three Premier League fixtures.
Robinson was baffled to hear the 9-time Netherlands international had been sent home.
“That is really surprising,” he told Football Insider,
“You hope that something has been lost in translation. Maybe he has picked up a bit of a knock and he is not fully fit to play, rather than his base fitness.
“At this stage of the season I cannot imagine that he is not fit or in any kind of position not play because of it. It is not like he has overplayed.
“If it is to do with actual core fitness at this stage of the season it is worrying but I cannot for one minute think that Jose Mourinho would suffer it.
“I hope that it was lost in translation and he has suffered a knock or there is an injury, rather than actual fitness because to me he looks fit and strong.”
The statement read:“Steven Bergwijn has left the training camp of the Dutch national team. The Tottenham Hotspur attacker was examined by the medical staff of Oranje on Monday, upon arrival in Zeist.
“It turned out that he is not fit enough and that the Oranje matches must pass by.”
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