Wanyama withdrawn from international duty

Player of the Week – Matchday 08

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama will not captain Kenya against the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday after he was reprieved from international duty.

Wanyama was outstanding in the Spurs engine room during Sunday's 2-0 win over Premier League pace-setters Manchester City.

He was due to feature in a  friendly match – Kenya are out of World Cup contention – against the DR Congo in Lubumbashi on Tuesday.

But it has been confirmed that his club and country have come to an agreement in order to prevent the former Southampton midfield enforcer suffering burn-out.

A Kenyan Football Association statement read: "Coach Stanley Okumbi after consultation with Tottenham has opted against calling Wanyama."

His place in the Harambee Stars team for the clash in Lubumbashi will be taken by Finland based midfielder Amos Ekhalie.

Instead of having to make the more than 13 000 kilometre round trip to east and central Africa, Wanyama will be able to focus on Spurs' next game, away at West Brom on October 15. The London club are currently second on the standings.

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