By Harry Sykes
Victor Wanyama has been omitted from the Tottenham squad for their Premier League clash against Burnley on Sunday due to a knee problem.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino explained soon after the Spurs line-up was announced that the central midfielder was not available for selection.
Wanyama was deemed not fit enough to even be on the substitute’s bench for the team’s second home fixture in successive weekends.
“Victor has a minor problem with his knee and is not available. We’ll assess him in the next few days.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 27, 2017
Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier have been selected as the central midfield pairing as Spurs aim to bounce back from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at Wembley.
It was the same combination used for Tottenham’s opening-weekend victory at Newcastle, a match in which Wanyama only featured as an 82nd minute substitute.
The Kenya international was an integral member of the Spurs side that finished second in the league last season, starting 35 of their 38 league fixtures.
His central midfield alliance with Dembele was pivotal to the Londoners being able to dominate so many opponents.
In other Tottenham team news, a south American hailed as the next Gerard Pique is to jet in and undergo a Spurs medical after a big-money fee was agreed.