Nuno Espirito Santo is yet to have all of his Tottenham Hotspur first team players back in pre-season training with the likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to return.
The Portuguese has had a fairly large contingent of first teamers to work with since his appointment as head coach, mostly thanks to Tottenham’s disappointing previous season meaning many players missed out on international call-ups.
Espirito Santo and his coaching staff now have everyone back who did not take part in competitions during the summer months and now those players who took part in the Euros and Copa America are set to start returning.
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Tottenham’s standard recovery period given to players after their tournaments come to an end is a minimum of 21 days to rest and recharge after their time with their country’s squad camp finishes, although some choose to return earlier, while most have been given a full month to return.
Some players could decide to return slightly earlier as they look to impress Espirito Santo but on the whole that timeframe will be kept to.
Wales exited the Euros at the round of 16 to Denmark on June 26 and Ben Davies and Joe Rodon are expected to return exactly a month later, this coming Monday.
That is just under three weeks before Tottenham’s Premier League season begins against Manchester City on August 15.
Spurs captain Lloris and Moussa Sissoko exited the Euros with France two days after Wales and are expected to return to the club next week.
Espirito Santo will have to wait longer for the remaining four international stars as they all reached the semi-final or final of their respective competitions.
Hojbjerg’s Denmark lost to England in the semi-finals at the Euros on July 7 and Kane was involved in that heart-breaking final defeat on penalties on July 11.
That means both players, unless either choose to return early, will come back to Hotspur just days before the opening match against Manchester City which makes their participation unlikely.
At the Copa America, Davinson Sanchez’s Colombia won the third-place match against Peru on July 10 and Giovani Lo Celso won the competition with Argentina the following day, overcoming Brazil. Both players will also return only days before the City fixture.
Espirito Santo has been working his players hard during pre-season, with plenty of double sessions, and any returning players will need to work towards the higher levels of fitness he requires before being thrown into match action.
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There is also isolation to be take into account with some players being required to do so should they be returning from certain countries.
The start of the season is set to be a messy one for many clubs who had players who went deep into international competitions and Spurs’ opening opponents City will face similar problems.
Espirito Santo, Pep Guardiola and others will have made their plans accordingly.
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