Steven Bergwijn has returned to Tottenham without playing a minute of football for Holland in the international break after coaches deemed him not fit enough for action – despite him playing for Spurs last week.
The midfielder has dropped down the pecking order slightly under Mourinho, seeing his game-time limited in recent weeks, but he has played in both of Spurs’ most recent Europa League games, starting in Antwerp and coming on at Ludogorets.
He was called up by the Dutch national team for their upcoming fixtures, but is now already back in London after being sent home for fitness issues.
Steven Bergwijn has been sent home from Holland duty this week due to fitness issues
The Tottenham midfielder played as recently as last Thursday in the Europa League
In a statement from the Dutch FA, it was confirmed: ‘Steven Bergwijn has left the training camp of the Dutch national team. The Tottenham Hotspur attacker was examined by the medical staff of Oranje on Monday, upon arrival in Zeist.
‘It turned out that he is not fit enough and that the Oranje matches must pass by.
‘National coach Frank de Boer is not calling for a replacement, so the selection of the Dutch national team now consists of 24 players.’
Bergwijn started against Royal Antwerp the week before, but isn’t fit enough for Holland
Bergwijn (centre) trains with Spurs last week – he has dropped down the pecking order slightly
Holland play Spain on Wednesday night, before Nations League matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Poland.
They will now have to contend those three matches without one of their more impressive midfield stars, with Bergwijn having to watch on TV instead.
The 23-year-old did suffer a hamstring injury just before the coronavirus shutdown last season, and there are concerns that he still hasn’t quite shaken that off.