Date published: Tuesday 16th June 2020 9:10
Jose Mourinho has been dealt an injury blow with Japhet Tanganga reportedly ruled out of Tottenham’s restart with a suspected stress fracture to his back.
Tanganga suffered the injury as Mourinho’s squad prepared to return to Premier League action this week against Manchester United on Friday evening.
The 21-year-old had started Spurs’ last three Premier League games before football closed its doors following the coronavirus pandemic. He also played in the defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League in his team’s final game before their three-month break.
The report in the Daily Telegraph does state, however, that Tanganga could still play before the end of the season, with the versatile defender still be able to take a lighter role in training.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s hopes of signing M’Baye Niang this summer have suffered a blow.
The Senegal striker has emerged as a prime target for Jose Mourinho this summer as he looks to bring in more firepower. He was first mentioned as a target for Spurs earlier this month.
Niang scored 15 times in 36 matches for Rennes this season, but will be sold this summer. Reports in France claim his club are seeking around €25m for the Niang – a fee within Tottenham’s budget.
But the former AC Milan striker is said to be “not won over” by the prospect of a move to London. According to L’Equipe, the striker has no interest in playing second fiddle to undisputed No 1 striker Harry Kane.
Indeed, the idea of warming the bench at Tottenham is a huge no-no for the attacker.
Furthermore, L’Equipe claims Niang instead favours a move to their Ligue 1 rivals Marseille. Read more…