Tottenham’s pre-season plans have been thrown into disarray with NINE players still participating at the World Cup.
Players are returning to the training pitch ahead of the new campaign, with those participating at the World Cup enjoying an extended break.
But nine Spurs stars will need even more time off following a gruelling tournament in Russia.
It means they will miss the majority of pre-season including games against Roma and Barcelona.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele will all represent Belgium on Tuesday.
They take on France who have club team-mate Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
Five Tottenham players in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier continue to push for England’s World Cup glory.
Chelsea have returned to pre-season but still have seven players in Russia.
Thibaut Courtois, Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping their World Cup run continues.
Manchester United and fierce rivals City also have seven while Liverpool have four.
The Red Devils begin their pre-season on Monday with 23 players set to returns.
Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Phil Jones remain in Russia.
Sweden’s Victor Lindelof, Fred and David De Gea will enjoy a holiday before returning to Jose Mourinho’s training drills.