Last week, UEFA published details of Tottenham’s squad for the group stages of the Europa League and the only notable absentees from the senior side were Brad Friedel and Rafael van der Vaart.
The news seems to have taken a while to filter through to VDV as the player has now stated his annoyance and being left out.
“I still think it’s a peculiar situation,” said the Dutchman.
“Spurs could at least have consulted me. Anyway it’s up to the point of no return. I will be focusing on the game against Liverpool.
“I’m pretty convinced I will be fit by then thanks to Dick van Toorn.”
Manager Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his feelings towards the Europa League and above all, the Premiership is the club’s priority. Given VDV’s injury issues therefore, has the boss made the right decision to leave him out of the opening rounds of this tournament?