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Man City star travels to London with squad ahead of Tottenham clash despite fitness concerns

Manchester City have been handed a boost ahead of their crunch clash against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Saturday afternoon, with reports claiming Sergio Aguero has travelled to the capital with the rest of the squad, despite obvious concerns over his fitness.

The Argentine has only recently return to full first-team training, after an injury sustained in the draw at West Ham last month, however looks to have been thrusted straight back into the first-team squad, such is the importance of the upcoming Premier League clash against high-flying Spurs.

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According to journalist Lucas Scagliola, who appeared to have maintained an inside-track on the Argentine’s long-term injury over the summer, the 32-year-old was part of the travelling contingent that descended on the capital on Friday afternoon.

It is believed that the Argentina international only returned to first-team training over the international break, and after experience with rushing him back on previous occasions, it may come as a surprise to some that he could play some part in the weekend’s clash.

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Pep Guardiola will be looking to make major strides in the top-flight title race after a relatively disappointing opening few months to the campaign. However, could the Catalan boss have that ‘new-contract bounce’ following his two-year extension at the club this week?

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Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn axed from Holland squad over fitness issues as internationals are decimated by pull-outs

STEVEN BERGWIJN has returned to Tottenham from Holland’s training camp over fitness issues.

The forward arrived at the camp on Monday and was assessed by medics from the Dutch side.

Steven Bergwijn has withdrawn from international duty

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Steven Bergwijn has withdrawn from international dutyCredit: EPA

Bergwijn, 23, was declared ‘not fit enough’ to participate in the triple header of matches and was sent back to North London.

A statement from the national side read: “The Tottenham Hotspur attacker was examined by Orange’s medical staff on arrival in Zeist on Monday.

“It turned out that he is not fit enough and will miss the next Orange matches.”

Holland play Spain in a friendly on Wednesday before Nations League clashes against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.

He has only started one Prem game and one Europa League clash this season as he struggles to regain match fitness.

Bergwijn suffered a ‘significant sprain’ to his left ankle in March but returned in June when the season restarted.

He is just the latest name to pull out of international duty as the fixture pile-up takes it toll.

Arsenal’s Thomas Partey is out after coming off injured at half-time in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Aaron Ramsey, Victor Lindelof, James Ward-Prowse and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also missing out.

It comes after Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola hit out at chiefs for failing to protect players.

Clubs voted against changing the rules to allow five subs at the beginning of the campaign.

Guardiola said: “We talked about five substitutions. If people want to give microphones so we can give our opinions…

“There are many guys with many, many cases. Around the world five subs are key, but here it’s totally the opposite. We’ve talked about this many times.

“Trent Alexander-Arnold, international English player, now injured. Here we believe we are more special, we don’t protect the players, so that is why it is a disaster.

“I don’t understand how the Premier League don’t understand the situation. Maybe it is because this league likes to be different. 

“All the other leagues protect the players with five. Today it was the right-back for that reason, tomorrow it will be other players.

“The previous season finished later and the situation is exceptional. All the other leagues understand.”

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Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn sent home from international duty with Holland due to fitness issues

Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn sent home from international duty with Holland due to ‘fitness issues’ – despite playing for Spurs last week in Europa League victory away at Ludogorets

  • Steven Bergwijn was called up to the Dutch national team by Frank de Boer
  • He has now already been sent home by Holland coaches due to ‘fitness issues’
  • The midfielder played for Tottenham away at Ludogorets on Thursday night
  • Holland have games against Spain, Bosnia and Poland in the coming days 

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

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

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 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

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.

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Alex Morgan: Tottenham star says she needs WSL game time to regain match fitness

World Cup winner Alex Morgan said regaining match fitness will take time after making her much-awaited debut for Tottenham in Saturday’s 1-1 Women’s Super League draw with Reading.

The United States forward came on with 20 minutes left but could not inspire Spurs to a first WSL win of the season.

Morgan joined in September, but has had to wait to return to action, having only given birth to a daughter in May.

“It feels good to be back for the first time in more than a year,” she said.

The 31-year-old told the Tottenham website:external-link “I am hoping to get much more time next match and the remaining matches to keep building.

“My fitness is getting back there. It will just take a little bit of time. I have to get minutes to get game fit.

“I felt like there was definitely a lot more sprints than in training. I will get used to it pretty quickly, but it was more of a transition game.

“I am looking forward to getting in to more of the game to settle in a little bit better.”

Tottenham remain in ninth place after two draws and four defeats so far. On Saturday, they went behind to a 13th-minute Brooke Chaplen goal but Ashleigh Neville equalised before half-time with a header from a corner.

“Going down 1-0 was disappointing, but getting the goal back from a set-piece was important,” added Morgan, who is a two-time World Cup winner and was part of the USA squad that took gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

“I don’t think we had enough chances to put ourselves ahead but we will work on that.

“Obviously I am not too happy about the result, but I had to start to get some minutes and build from there so I am pretty happy this is a good starting point.”

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Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier hand Tottenham a big fitness boost as they return to training

Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier hand Tottenham a big fitness boost as they return to training ahead of the Europa League clash with Antwerp

  • Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier have returned to Tottenham training 
  • Both players missed the win at Burnley on Monday with minor injuries 
  • Jose Mourinho’s side play Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday

Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier are set to return for Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Antwerp after both players trained on Wednesday. 

The pair missed Monday’s win 1-0 at Burnley with what boss Jose Mourinho called ‘little injuries’, but they have given their manage a huge fitness boost ahead of Thursday’s game.

Bergwijn missed the 6-1 victory over Manchester United before the international break but returned for the 3-3 draw with West Ham last week, only to pick up a slight knock.

Steven Bergwijn will be available for Tottenham's Europa League clash with Antwerp

Steven Bergwijn will be available for Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Antwerp

Bergwijn and Serge Aurier (above) returned to training on Wednesday after small injuries

Bergwijn and Serge Aurier (above) returned to training on Wednesday after small injuries

Aurier started both games at right back after he was given the nod ahead of Matt Doherty, who was favoured in the opening three league matches.

But the Irishman returned to keep a clean sheet at Turf Moor in Aurier’s absence and could retain his place in the starting XI.  

Japhet Tanganga was the only absentee from training with the defender still battling a thigh problem.

Antwerp are arguably the toughest opponents Jose Mourinho's side will face in their group

Antwerp are arguably the toughest opponents Jose Mourinho’s side will face in their group

Spurs won their opening Europa League group game against LASK last week with an own goal and strikes from Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min ensuring a 3-0 victory.

Mourinho opted to rest captain Harry Kane for the game and could be tempted to start summer signing Carlos Vinicius once again with his side facing Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.

However, Antwerp have made a strong start to the Belgian season and are arguably Tottenham’s toughest opponents in Group J. They currently sit top of their domestic table with six wins in 10 games.

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