An explanation for the absence of Tottenham full-back Ben Davies for the club’s clash with Bournemouth has emerged this afternoon.
The two sides are currently locked in action at the Vitality Stadium, with visitors Bournemouth having come into proceedings sitting in 12th-place in the Premier League table, 6 points clear of the relegation zone.
Eddie Howe’s men had failed to win any of their last 3 fixtures before this afternoon, though their last outing did culminate in a credible 1-1 draw away to Leicester City.
Tottenham, meanwhile, were hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance, after being ousted from the Champions League in agonizing fashion at the hands of Italian giants Juventus on Wednesday night.
The starting lineups of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with just one change made by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:
🔘 One change to starting XI
🔘 Mousset starts, with King on bench
🔘 Arter returns to squad
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) March 11, 2018
Mauricio Pocehttino, meanwhile, made 3 changes of his own, with Serge Aurier coming in for Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama stepping into midfield in place of Eric Dier, and Ben Davies replaced by Danny Rose.
However, as has since been revealed, the latter of these changes was not so much by choice, but rather due to Davies, who has been in excellent form of late, requiring a rest:
Ben Davies misses out today at Bournemouth through “general fatigue” according to Poch.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) March 11, 2018
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 11, 2018