Tottenham Hotspurs manager Andre Villas Boas has revealed that new defender Vlad Chiriches is still awaiting a work permit and is therefore set to miss a potential debut this weekend, according to the London Evening Standard.
Chiriches was signed from Steaua Bucharest in the summer for a fee in the region of £8million.
The centre-back was one of a number arrivals to White Hart Lane in the transfer window but his move was somewhat overshadowed by a number of other bigger money deals following the world record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Nonetheless expectation are high for the 23-year-old who has played 20 times for the Romanian national team.
However, AVB revealed ahead of Saturday's clash with Norwich that Chiriches is still awaiting paper-work thats makes him eligible in England.
The 35-year-old manager did also dismiss the potential for any long term issue with his new defender.
He said: “His work permit is not finalised yet. It's a process that takes a bit more time,
“He's fit and training and was involved in both games for Romania, but there's a possibility we won't see him involved.”
Chiriches also revealed that he is excited at the prospect of English football.
Speaking on Twitter, the Romanian had this to say: “I love English football and Tottenham is a big club with a big history,
“I hope to play lots of games and why not? Maybe we can challenge at the top of the league.”
The North Londoners have had a mixed start to the season, tight victories against Crystal Palace and Swansea were followed by a defeat to bitter rivals Arsenal.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms