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Why Japhet Tanganga was absent for Tottenham vs Roma

The defender’s late omission sparked widespread chatter regarding a potentially imminent transfer


An explanation for the absence of Japhet Tanganga from Tottenham Hotspur’s matchday squad to face AS Roma on Saturday has been provided.

Antonio Conte’s troops, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

In their final outing ahead of getting the club’s season proper underway in a week’s time, the Lilywhites made the trip to Israel, for a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma.

When all was said and done, though, a disappointing evening’s work ultimately culminated in Spurs being put to the sword by a goal to nil.

The game’s telling moment was forthcoming just shy of the hour mark, when Roger Ibanez rose highest to nod home Paulo Dybala’s whipped corner kick from the left:

One man who may well have fancied his chances of preventing Roma’s winner, had he been on the pitch, comes in the form of Japhet Tanganga.

The defender, hotly tipped for a move to Italy with AC Milan this summer, was a surprise scratch from Tottenham’s squad on Saturday, sparking inevitable suggestions that a move to the San Siro is inching closer.

This, however, in fact does not appear to be the case.

Instead, as per a number of sources, Tanganga was forced to sit out against Roma owing to a bout of non-Covid-related illness.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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