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Vincent Janssen recovering at Spurs after minor foot surgery

Well, that explains a few things, doesn’t it?

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Tottenham Hotspur have been unsuccessful in trying to find a new club for striker Vincent Janssen, and despite turning over numerous rocks it’s been difficult to find another opportunity for the £17m signing.

Now perhaps we know why. Spurs tweeted this morning that Janssen has undergone “minor foot surgery” and is now recovering under the care of Spurs physios.

So this maybe answers a few questions, including why Tottenham haven’t found anyone to take Janssen, even on loan. Obviously we don’t know any more than what the club has told us here, including how long Janssen had been carrying this injury, so it’s all conjecture at this stage. However, if Janssen has been injured for a while it does explain why he wasn’t able to complete a move despite, for example, Fenerbahce reportedly being interested in taking him back.

“Minor surgery” doesn’t really give us any indication as to his recovery time or whether he’d be healthy enough to pass a medical before the close of the European transfer window at the end of the month. I hope he can. He’s clearly not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans and did not receive a first team jersey number. If he can’t move before the end of the month he faces the prospect of a year at Tottenham without any first team match duties, and that’s a massive setback for a player who could do very well in a different situation.

Hopefully it’s not serious, and that the club can find him a new home.