Tanguy Ndombele is unlikely to be fit for Tottenham’s Premier League trip to Newcastle United on Wednesday.
With Jose Mourinho’s side having endured a grueling schedule of four matches in 11 days, Spurs’ record-signing looked in line to make his first start since March.
However, the Portuguese revealed in his press conference ahead of the visit to St James’ Park that the French midfielder picked up an injury in training on Monday and might not be available.
Ndombele has played just 64 minutes since football resumed last month and was an unused substitute for Sunday’s win over Arsenal in the north London derby.
Elsewhere, Dele Alli, whose missed Spurs’ last three Premier League matches with an ongoing hamstring injury, remains doubtful for the trip to the North East, whilst right-back Serge Aurier, whose brother was tragically shot dead in Toulouse in the early hours of Monday morning, might not face Steve Bruce’s men.
Mourinho told Football.London: “At the moment, just myself and others in the club spoke to him just to support him in a tragic moment for him and his family. His way of reacting, every person is a different feeling.
“So we are going to respect 100% Serge’s decisions and no pressure from us. This afternoon after training we’ll have a better idea of how he is feeling.
“Everybody reacts in a different way. Similar feelings and pain but people react in different way.”