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Pochettino expects Victor Wanyama to be fit for Bournemouth

Wanyama pulled himself from Tottenham’s match-day 18 while still nursing a bad back.

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There was a bit of a surprise just before kick-off of Tottenham’s 4-0 home win over Watford today. Victor Wanyama, who was named to Tottenham’s bench, was pulled from the match day squad, with Josh Onomah taking his place.

Wanyama was substituted in the first half of Spurs’ win at Burnley last weekend after he picked up a knee injury. He was held out of the starting lineup against Watford as a precaution, and clearly didn’t feel well enough to make the 18.

After the match, Mauricio Pochettino gave a brief update on Big Vic, and said there isn’t anything for Spurs fans to worry about. “Victor still didn’t feel 100 per cent,” said Poch, “but I’m sure for next week he’ll be ready to be available.”

With Eric Dier replacing him in the starting lineup, Spurs clearly didn’t miss the Kenyan midfielder all that much, so an extra week for him to recuperate isn’t a bad thing so long as he’s healthy for Tottenham’s run-in. His replacement in the lineup, Josh Onomah, was a late substitute and played a few minutes at the end of the match.