The international break is super awesome, isn’t it y’all? There’s news coming out today that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama tweaked his hamstring while playing with Kenya during their 3-0 African Cup of Nations qualifier win over Ethiopia.
That’s the bad news. The good news is, according to the London Evening Standard, the injury appears to be minor and Wanyama’s substitution in that match precautionary. Big Vic is expected to be available to play in the London derby against West Ham at London Stadium this coming weekend.
That would be nice, since while Spurs are healing they are still in the midst of a midfield crisis. Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Mousa Dembele all were held out of international duty with their respective injuries. Eric Dier and Harry Winks are both in the England squad — Dier played in the closed-door match against Croatia and both Dier and Winks could form England’s central midfield partnership vs. Spain today.
Wanyama is only now coming back from an injury of his own and it’d be nigh disastrous if we picked up another one so let’s hope it’s nothing serious. Because the alternative is more Moussa Sissoko in the pivot, which while
not awful fine is certainly not something you’d want to see on a regular basis.
The other bit of good news from that match is that with the win Kenya has secured qualification to AFCON for the first time in 15 years! That means Wanyama will captain his country in the tournament, which will be held in Senegal next summer.