‘And there is a Spurs player down injured here’, said Jon Champion on BT Sport commentary (or something very similar).
‘Don’t be Ndombele, don’t be Ndombele, don’t be Ndombele’, said the nervous fan watching us trail 1-0 at Southampton.
‘It looks like it is Tanguy Ndombele’, confirmed Champion.
Of course it is. The performance at Norwich City was supposed to be the start of Ndombele proving himself as a Premier League force.
But, yet again, he has been let down by a body which you start to fear is not cut out for the rigours of English football, forced off with an injury 26 minutes into the action at St Mary’s and replaced by Giovani Lo Celso.
The Frenchman missed a couple of games earlier this season with a hamstring strain and has been substituted early in several others.
Most Spurs fans on Twitter tried to make light of Ndombele’s latest setback, but others are pointing the finger at Jose Mourinho who handed him two starts in the space of four days, after the 23-year-old’s request to sit out the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day, as BBC Sport details.
The modern day Darren Anderton. Arise Ndombele aka sicknote— Woodie82 (@Woodie3017) January 1, 2020
Ryvita is less fragile than Ndombele 🙄— Jono (@JonoTHFC1882) January 1, 2020
Is NDombele made out of tissue paper or summat?? 🙄— Lara © (@laazarini7) January 1, 2020
😐 Tanguy Ndombele declared himself unfit to face Chelsea only 10 days ago.— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) January 1, 2020
😣 Despite playing back-to-back Premier League for Spurs since, 10 days later in this third match in a row the Frenchman leaves the field through injury.
🤷♂️ Should we be surprised?!#THFC #COYS #SOUTOT pic.twitter.com/3jNxx9vhl0
So glad Mourinho pressured Ndombele into playing hurt. Thanks mou, you dick— Reno Wallabout (@RenoWallabout) January 1, 2020
Good thing José shoved Ndombele under the bus earlier this festive season re: his fear of injury.— Jeffrey David (@scalias_boner) January 1, 2020
RT if you’re fitter than Ndombele— JerseyYid (@JerseyYld) January 1, 2020
Here's an inside look at Ndombele's body pic.twitter.com/rqgDEUGSfj— ML (@ml_thfc) January 1, 2020