Jose Mourinho is hoping that Dele Alli will be fit enough to feature in Tottenham’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Everton on Thursday afternoon.
Dele has endured an extremely difficult campaign, appearing just 12 times in all competitions for Spurs, and faced great uncertainty regarding his future in January amid links with a reunion with Mauricio Pochettino at PSG.
However, the England midfielder ended up staying at Tottenham – with Mourinho confirming last week that Alli would get his opportunity once he returns from a tendon injury.
The 24-year-old’s only appearance since Christmas came in the FA Cup third-round victory over eighth-tier side Marine, but Mourinho is hopeful that Alli will be on the bench against the Toffees at Goodison Park tomorrow.
The Spurs boss said: “Can he play tomorrow? Well, he’s not injured but I’m not sure he can. Can he help us? I believe he can. In terms of having Dele on the bench to come for a few minutes to try to help the team, is that possible? I have to speak with him but I believe he can.” (Quotes via Football.London’s Alasdair Gold).
In better news, Mourinho confirmed that Harry Kane didn’t suffer any issues following his return to action against West Brom after missing two matches with a double ankle problem.
“No bad reactions, he played well as you could see. No problems, at least no big problems,” he said.