Tottenham Hotspur have received a boost with the news that midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama will not have to undertake a gruelling flight to represent his country this week.

The powerhouse midfielder put in a man-of-the-match display as Spurs beat Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday and was expected to play for Kenya against Congo in midweek.

However, as reported in The Daily Star, Wanyama has been left out of coach Stanley Okumbi’s squad to avoid the risk of burning the former Southampton star out.

The Kenyan star would have been forced to have played two games in less than 48 hours, while representing his nation would also have meant a tough 8000-mile round trip.

Wanyama was signed by Mauricio Pochettino over the course of the summer and his energy, abrasive approach and physical qualities have given the Premier League side a different set of skills in the centre of midfield.

Spurs are now the only unbeaten team in the Premier League and the Kenya international has already asserted himself as an important player in the North London club’s search for success this season.


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