Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed his squad’s previously injured players have recovered and are now ready for selection. The Spurs boss has issued the positive update ahead of the Premier League’s return.
Jose Mourinho Confirms Previously Injured Players Ready for Selection
Clean Bill of Health
Despite a positive start to life in north London, Mourinho quickly found himself with more work to do. Before football’s temporary suspension, Spurs were in dire straits. The final stretch saw Mourinho’s side winless in six games and seven points out of a Champions League spot; crashing out of the Champions League and FA Cup in the process.
The loss of attackers Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, January signing Steven Bergwijn and midfielder Moussa Sissoko undoubtedly affected Spurs’ form. However, football’s halt has seemingly given Mourinho and his players a chance to recuperate.
“In relation to the big injuries that ended in surgeries, Moussa [Sissoko], Sonny and Harry [Kane], yes, they are back,” Mourinho told the club’s website. “We are going to start training with the full group next Monday, and yes, they are going to be involved in the group.”
The return of the squad’s attacking core will serve as good news to Spurs fans, whose side currently sit in eighth.
Wary of Performance Issues Ahead of Return
While Mourinho has acted as the bearer of good news, the Portuguese has been quick to manage expectations. The 10-week postponement has meant that all players will experience a lack of match sharpness; the Spurs boss, however, acknowledges the short-term challenges ahead.
“We have to be ready for problems now because this is pre-season, and pre-season brings problems. I know that some people are speaking about it in a way that it’s a new thing in football, but it’s not a new thing.
“Problems in pre-season, players a long time without playing, without even training on the pitch without competing. So now the players are back, I can’t imagine it’s going to be different for us.”
Spurs are set to face-off against Mourinho’s former club Manchester United. Having already lost to United in the reverse fixture, Mourinho will be hoping to seek revenge; kicking off the return with a win to end his side’s dreary run of form.