‘I don’t want to lie’ – Mourinho asked whether Son could feature against Man United

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has refused to provide a definitive answer on whether Son Heung-min is likely to be fit in time to play a part in Tottenham’s all-important game against Manchester United on Sunday.

The South Korean was withdrawn at half-time against Newcastle last Sunday with a hamstring injury, with some fans fearing the worst.

However, Jose Mourinho has since revealed that the South Korean could make a swift return to action, admitting that he could even be involved against Manchester United.

The Tottenham boss was asked yet again about the 28-year-old’s chances of being fit for Sunday’s clash after his side’s demolition of Maccabi Haifa on Thursday night but he pleaded ignorance on the matter.

He told Football.London: “I don’t want to lie to you and say he doesn’t play and Sunday he’s there.

“At the same time, I don’t want to say he plays and then he doesn’t. So let’s wait and see, in this moment, I honestly don’t know.”

The game at Old Trafford is the last before the international break and comes at the end of an extremely challenging schedule for the Lilywhites, which Mourinho previously labelled “inhuman”.

However, the Tottenham boss insisted that he does not want to focus on the varying schedule of both Spurs and the Red Devils this week, having already previously made his point on the matter.

Mourinho added: “I am used to it. It’s the last one, the last match. I don’t want to moan. I moaned enough and I moaned with real things on my hands and I don’t think anyone disagreed with me, even when I was moaning about the situation,” he said.

“But now is only one more match, only the United match. But no excuses. They had only one match for the week and it was yesterday and probably the majority of the players who played are not going to play Sunday, but I want to forget that. We go there and we go there to discuss the game.”

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In hindsight, the crazy schedule we have had over the last couple of weeks has worked to our advantage. We have come away from it without any major injuries (until now) and the games in quick succession have helped the squad develop their match fitness, on the back of what was a shortened pre-season.

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