Multiple players at top clubs around Europe have succumbed to injury issues in recent weeks. The compacted season has seen reduced rest, especially for clubs who were involved in the latter stages of European competition, and games during the current campaign have been almost constant.
Some players haven’t faced the same strain as others, though, and Steven Bergwijn would very much be in that category. The Dutchman arrived at Tottenham Hotspur from PSV in the January window and started life well with Spurs.
However, this season he’s only had 152 Premier League minutes and hasn’t even been included in Jose Mourinho’s match-day squads for four out of the past five league matches.
In the Europa League he’s had 70 minutes in the group stage so far.
Given all of that, going away with the Netherlands national team may have seemed like a chance to get some football, but he’s quickly been sent back to Tottenham.
Ons Oranje, the official media source of the Dutch national team, report Bergwijn was examined by medical staff on Monday and was subsequently sent back to his club as he’s ‘not fit enough’, and there’s no further information on what the problem is.