Tanguy Ndombele has not been included in Tottenham’s Europa Conference League squad for Thursday’s game against Pacos de Ferreira.
Returning to Spurs pre-season training at the start of July after not featuring for France at Euro 2020, the midfielder was expected to hit the ground running over the summer under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Ndombele, who recently became a father for the first time, missed out on selection in all five of the team’s pre-season friendlies, however.
Espirito Santo did reveal after the 1-0 friendly win over Arsenal that his player is not injured but “it is not yet the moment” for him to be part of the game.
Left out completely once again on Sunday for the brilliant 1-0 win over Man City, Spurs are now preparing for the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tie away at Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira.
Spurs squad for both legs of their European tie does appear on UEFA’s website but there is no place for Ndombele or Serge Aurier, who were both at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday to support their teammates.
Harry Kane, who was also absent against Man City, is included as part of the 25-man squad, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Maksim Paskotsi and Jack Clarke also named by the manager.
Oliver Skipp, Nile John and Dane Scarlett are notable omissions from the squad list but they are likely to be on the club’s List B as they were born after January 1, 2000 and have trained with the club for more than the minimum two years.
Despite having a deadline of 11pm on Friday, August 13 to name their squad for the play-offs, UEFA rules allow clubs to register a maximum of two new eligible players on List A after the aforementioned deadline providing that the quota of eight locally trained players in their squad is respected.
Registration must be completed by 11pm on the day before the first-leg match for this to take place, however, and a player from the current List A would have to be removed if the registration of a new player saw them exceed their 25-man limit.
If Tottenham do indeed progres to the group stage of the competition which starts in September, Espirito Santo and the club have until 11pm on Thursday, September 2 to submit their squad for their group games.
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Tottenham’s 25-man squad for Europa Conference League play-off tie
Goalkeepers: Lloris, Gollini, Austin
Defenders: Doherty, Reguilon, Romero, Sanchez, Rodon, Dier, Sessegnon, Tanganga, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Paskotsi
Midfielders: Hojbjerg, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Alli
Attackers: Bryan, Bergwijn, Lucas, Son, Clarke, Kane.