Report claims real reason Nabil Bentaleb is not getting picked for Tottenham

Nabil Bentaleb has barely featured for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

This time last season Nabil Bentaleb was one of Tottenham Hotspur's key players, 12 months on he is an afterthought in terms of their first choice XI.

The midfielder suffered an injury early in the season and his place has been taken by the excellent Eric Dier.

Despite recovering though, Bentaleb struggles for first team football. He was picked in the FA Cup earlier this month and in the Europa League in early December, but has not played a Premier League game since August.

A new report has suggested there may be more to his non-selection than meets the eye.

French website Onze Mondial report that Bentaleb is being punished for ignoring the instructions of his head coach Mauricio Pochettino, returning to international duty too early.

After recovering to near full fitness, Bentaleb went to play for Algeria against Tanzania, only to return back at Spurs having aggravated his injury.

Tottenham have been in such a position that they can afford to leave him out, and it is now up to him to win over Pochettino all over again, but he will have to bide his time, with Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason also competing for spots.

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