“It turned out that he is not fit enough” – Spurs ace...

“It turned out that he is not fit enough” – Spurs ace sent home from international duty

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Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn has been sent home by the Netherlands national team because he is “not fit enough”, the Dutch FA has announced.

Bergwijn had been set to participate in international fixtures over the next two weeks after being called up to the Netherlands senior squad by manager Frank de Boer.

But Holland have confirmed the Spurs star was sent home on Monday after being assessed by the national team’s medical staff.

A statement revealed Bergwijn was checked over and subsequently deemed unfit to take part in the team’s matches against Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Poland.

Published on the Dutch FA’s official website, the statement read in full: “Steven Bergwijn has left the training camp of the Dutch national team. The Tottenham Hotspur attacker was examined by Oranje’s medical staff on arrival in Zeist on Monday. It turned out that he is not fit enough and that the Oranje matches must pass [him] by.

“National coach Frank de Boer is not calling for a replacement, so the selection of the Dutch national team now consists of 24 players.”

Bergwijn has struggled for regular minutes under Jose Mourinho so far this season and – not for the first time – didn’t make the 18-man squad for Sunday’s win at West Brom.

He came off the bench against Ludogorets in the Europa League last month and looked relatively sharp, but perhaps there is an underlying fitness issue that has been holding him back.

It will be interesting to see if Tottenham provide an update on his situation in the coming days – watch this space.

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