Jose Mourinho press conference: Tottenham boss assesses Manchester United threat and provides update on team news with Harry Kane to start

Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt for Tottenham ahead of their clash against Manchester United on Friday, Jose Mourinho has revealed.

The 24-year-old picked up an injury just before the season’s suspension and was unable to receive daily treatment because of the lockdown.

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Lo Celso is a doubt for Spurs’ clash against Man United on Friday

But Mourinho did confirm that Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min, who all had surgery earlier this year, will start against United.

Mourinho also said that the club are hoping to extend Jan Vertonghen’s contract beyond June 30, but nothing has been agreed yet.

On Lo Celso, Mourinho said: “Because of the rules, his injury is not in need of surgery but needed daily treatment, close contact with physios and fitness coaches working with him, but that was not possible.

“So two months he was injured but he couldn’t recover from it. When the training ground opened, and he started treatment, it was not enough to have him 100 per cent.

“The last few days training, available tomorrow I think so. Tomorrow we’re going to test if he is able to play.”

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Mourinho provided an update on Lo Celso’s fitness prior to Spurs’ match against Man United
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talkSPORT.com have listed some of the best bits from Mourinho’s press conference below…


On Jan Vertonghen’s contract situation

“Jan is a fantastic guy, fantastic professional. His love for the club, his respect for the club, is never in doubt. Of course he’s committed with us, of course he’s ready to play tomorrow.

“We and him want him to be with us until at least the end of the season and hopefully Jan and his people and my club can agree that. But speaking now until the end of his contract, in the end of June, he’s here to help and of course we totally trust him.”

On Eric Dier’s FA decision

“I forgot that one. I forgot that one because it was such a strong movement at the time from the football community and others supporting Eric Dier.

“With every professional, being a coach, player, former player, every pundit was so supportive of him that the critics were not in existence. The support was huge.

“People with great responsibilities in the game said they would do exactly as he did. It was proven there was no physical contact. The person didn’t feel at any moment that anything was going to happen. He’s trying to look and help his brother.

“If this story is still alive, it surprises me very, very much because we now, even with Marcus Rashford, have the proof that what is right is right. Sometimes this is really, really powerful in support of the right causes. I thought that this was with that case and it’s not that case I would be very disappointed with that.”

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The FA are yet to make a decision on Dier after he confronted a fan in the crowd following a match in March
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On Harry Kane’s fitness

“Harry Kane hasn’t played football for more than six months. So again, he is working extremely well. I can tell you no problem, he’s going to start the game. Does Harry have 90, 80, 70, 60 minutes, I don’t know.

“Only the game will tell us that. Is he on the top of his form? We don’t know. It’s not a little training session with our friends from Norwich that’s going to tell us the answer.

“But for him he’s around six months without playing a football match but he works extremely well. He’s an amazing professional and he’s going to start tomorrow.”


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