Ndombele back in Tottenham training ahead of Antwerp clash

The French midfielder was absent from Sunday’s north London derby win over Arsenal, with manager Jose Mourinho revealing a decision was made on the morning of the game that he was not ready to face the Gunners.

Ndombele’s fortunes at Tottenham have been transformed this season, with the 23-year-old becoming one of Mourinho’s most important players having looked close to an exit back in the summer.

With Antwerp’s visit to north London set to decide who finishes top of Group J, Ndombele’s return to training is timely. There was, however, no sign of either Serge Aurier or midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, though Mourinho confirmed that the latter at least was simply being rested. 

“Serge will miss the game yes, because he had that problem before Arsenal,” Mourinho said. “He is still not completely recovered, he had a reaction from the game.

“Pierre, no problems, it is just the fact that he is playing every match. He played last week three matches of 90 minutes, played Thursday in Austria and played and he played against Arsenal again.

“Now is his time, because we always try to give a rest to one or another player. Tanguy was a doubt until the last minute before Arsenal, now it is three or four days after. He is OK.”

The Belgians beat Spurs in the reverse fixture and are two points better off going into the final game of the group stages. Tottenham have already sealed their qualification from the group but will want to avoid any tough draws early in the knockout stages by claiming top spot.

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