Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Norway for tomorrow's (5 August) final summer pre-season friendly against Inter Milan at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo without Victor Wanyama. The dominant midfielder, who reunited with former manager Mauricio Pochettino in June after joining in an £11m ($14.4m) deal from Southampton, has encountered visa issues and is not included in the 24-man travelling squad.
"Really sad I couldn't make it to Oslo," he tweeted on Thursday afternoon. "Was looking forward to playing Inter, unfortunately my visa didn't get processed in time. Wishing my teammates good luck tomorrow."
The clash with Inter will see returns for nine of Tottenham's 10 Euro 2016 representatives in the shape of captain Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Ben Davies, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane. Centre-back Kevin Wimmer travelled to Melbourne for International Champions Cup defeats against Juventus and Atletico Madrid after featuring just once as a substitute for Austria before their disappointing elimination from Group F.
Youngsters Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luke Amos, Harry Winks, Luke McGee, Marcus Edwards, Anton Walkes and Shayon Harrison are included for the trip to Scandinavia, but the absence of Nacer Chadli will only serve to increase speculation that he is set to depart White Hart Lane amid sustained interest from Premier League rivals Swansea City.
DeAndre Yedlin also misses out after newly-appointed Sunderland boss David Moyes hinted that he would be eager to sign the American right-back on a permanent basis following his successful season-long loan spell under Sam Allardyce last term. Federico Fazio and Alex Pritchard have now completed their respective moves to AS Roma and Norwich City, while Clinton Njie, who Pochettino claims suffered an unspecified injury before the tour down under, is still believed to be heading to Marseille as part of the delayed deal to bring exciting French U21 winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to Tottenham.
Jan Vertonghen's omission comes as he continues to recover from torn ankle ligaments sustained during a training session in the build-up to Belgium's shock European Championship quarter-final defeat by Wales in Lille. Nabil Bentaleb has been told that he does not feature in the manager's plans moving forward and there is also no place for Josh Onomah or Kyle Walker-Peters.