An explanation for the absence of Serge Aurier from Tottenham’s squad to face Wolverhampton Wanderers has been forthcoming this afternoon.
Ryan Mason’s men are of course locked in action with Wolves at present.
The clash marks a pivotal one for the Lilywhites, who remain in the thick of the Premier League’s battle for European football.
Ahead of kick-off, Spurs sat in 7th, aware that a victory would draw them level with West Ham, after David Moyes’ men dropped further points at Brighton on Saturday night.
LEEDS, ENGLAND – MAY 08: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Gareth Bale after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road on May 08, 2021 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jason Cairnduff – Pool/Getty Images)
As things stand early in the action in north London, the scoreline remains goalless.
With the stakes of course so high for his side this afternoon, it came as little surprise when Ryan Mason opted to field as close to a full-strength starting XI as possible to take on Wolves.
The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg were all included from the off, behind a lethal front-4 of Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane.
One surprise omission from not only the capital outfit’s line-up, but matchday squad altogether on Saturday, though, was Serge Aurier:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 16, 2021
The Ivorian has proven a regular contributor since Mason’s installation on the Tottenham bench, making his complete omission on Sunday a major surprise.
As outlined above, though, an explanation for Aurier’s absence has since been forthcoming.
As per the reliable Dan Kilpatrick, the African misses out this afternoon due to a groin issue:
#thfc Told Aurier is missing with a groin injury, not a transfer-related absence
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) May 16, 2021
Could Aurier have now lined out in Spurs’ colours for the final time, though?