Journalist reveals why Japhet Tanganga missed Spurs friendly against Roma

Japhet Tanganga
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Japhet Tanganga missed Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against Roma through illness, according to journalist Tom Barclay. 

The 23-year-old had been part of the squad that travelled for the game in Israel but was unwell with a sickness not thought to be Covid-related. 

He had featured in the rest of Spurs’ matches over the summer but was unable to round out his own preparations as Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat in their final match of the pre-season campaign. 

Tanganga has been strongly linked with a move away from Spurs recently with Serie A side AC Milan showing interest. 

The Athletic claim both clubs are in talks about a loan deal, although there is a sticking point with Milan hoping to seal an option to buy at a price lower than Spurs’ €20 million (£16.8m) valuation. 

Tanganga endured a difficult recent campaign, missing the second half of the season after going under the knife to repair a knee injury. 

He made 19 appearances across all competitions last season with just 11 of those coming in the Premier League (Transfermarkt). 

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While it won’t have been ideal for Tanganga to have missed that final match, it will keep him injury-free ahead of that proposed move to Milan. 

The fact he stayed fit for the majority of the pre-season period is still a positive sign and hopefully his switch to Italy will now start to gain more traction. 

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