Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Tanguy Ndombele will return from injury against Norwich City and also explained how important he is.
The French midfielder has missed the last four consecutive games across all competitions with a groin problem, but is going to return on Wednesday night for the home fixture against Norwich.
Ndombele joined from Lyon in the summer for £53.8million (BBC) and has impressed in glimpses for Spurs so far.
The 23-year-old has had a spate of injuries problems that have disrupted his progress, but has the pace and power that could see him be a long-term solution in the centre of the park.
He has played 20 games across all competitions this campaign, scoring two goals and supplying three assists in return.
Mourinho explained his his pre-match press conference that Ndombele will play some sort of role against Norwich.
“He’s ready, he’s not ready for 90 minutes. He will be involved. He will be selected. I’m not telling you to start or come later, but no injury. Completely free,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
“We know what he can give to the team. If I focus on the few minutes or matches that he played for us I saw qualities that are very important for a team to play like we do.”
Ndombele is yet to get up to full speed in a Spurs shirt and they will hope he has some better luck with injury trouble, as the central midfielder is someone with a lot of potential
He can play a box-to-box role that adds some extra steel the Spurs XI and his comeback could be a big boost going into the Norwich fixture.
The North London club are on a run of four league matches without a win and need to try close the eight-point gap to the Champions League positions.