There is fresh uncertainty about the future of Tanguy Ndombele after it emerged that he was left out of Tottenham’s squad to face Arsenal on Sunday despite being fully fit.
The Frenchman has not played a minute of pre-season and hasn’t even been on the bench despite not being selected by France for Euro 2020, and trained for the whole week leading up to the friendly following a spell of paternity leave, according to The Athletic.
Ndombele’s absence was assumed to be down to a lack of fitness after manager Nuno Espirito Santo said after the 1-0 win: ‘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.’
However, the revelation that the £55million man featured fully in training casts doubt about whether he will survive the transfer window with Spurs as the midfielder weighs up his options and has reportedly given himself until the end of August for the situation to improve.
The 24-year-old’s last minutes for the club were accumulated after coming off the bench in the second half of the north London side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on May 19, which was the team’s penultimate game of the campaign, with Ndombele’s last start coming four weeks earlier in Ryan Mason’s first match in charge as caretaker boss against Southampton.
Spurs played with a holding midfield two of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp against the Gunners, with Son Heung-min scoring the only goal of the game.
Ndombele is the only fit senior player at the club to have not featured for Nuno despite being there for the whole summer.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane could make a shock appearance in Spurs’ opening game of the Premier League season on Sunday against the 28-year-old’s suitors Manchester City despite only being allowed to train with the team later this week, just days before they face the champions.
City are still optimistic of securing the services of the the division’s top scorer last season, with Pep Guardiola singing Kane’s praises before the Community Shield defeat to Leicester on Saturday.