Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a huge blow ahead of this weekend’s return to Premier League action with the news that Victor Wanyama has suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty, report the Spurs Web website.
The Kenyan midfielder led his national side to a 3-0 win over Ethiopia, scoring the third goal from the penalty spot, an African Nations Cup qualifier only to leave the field of play early with the leg injury.
It has been a bad week for Spurs players with Jan Vertonghen ruled out until December with a similar problem while Dele Alli was also recently sidelined after tweaking his hamstring against Watford in the Carabao Cup.
Wanyama only returned to action in February after a long spell out injured and has made five appearances in all competitions for Tottenham this season in the heart of the midfield.
He will be assessed after he returns to North London and the severity of the injury – and therefore how long he will be unavailable for – will become clear.
Nevertheless, he must be ranked as doubtful for Tottenham’s trip to West Ham United on Saturday – along with Vertonghen and Alli.
An injury to Wanyama is particularly unwelcome for manager Mauricio Pochettino, who already has Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen making their way back from problems themselves.
It could force him into naming an unchanged team from the 1-0 victory over Cardiff City if neither of his central midfielders return to full fitness in time for the trip to the London Stadium.
Injury problems will also present a stern test for Tottenham’s squad depth ahead of the Champions League trip to PSV Eindhoven and hosting Manchester City in the league later this month.
Spurs lie fifth in the league after eight matches and lost their Champions League opener 4-2 to Barcelona last month.