Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that Tanguy Ndombele isn’t injured -and simply isn’t ready to be playing right now.
The midfielder wasn’t named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the Euro’s, but didn’t play a single minute in any of Tottenham’s five pre-season outings despite being amongst the first batch of players to return to Hotspur Way earlier last month.
Ndombele has had constant fitness problems since his arrival from Lyon two years ago, but appeared to put those issues behind him when he played 46 games in all competitions last season.
However, the 24-year-old’s no-show in pre-season has once again raised questions marks over his future in north London.
Speaking after Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal in their final friendly before they host Manchester City in their season-opener next Sunday, Santo told Football.London: “We have all the players, we have to assess all the individual aspects of each and every one of the players.
“Tanguy is not with us today. He is not injured but we consider it is not yet the moment for him to be part of the game.”