‘I was a little bit surprised’ – Mourinho reveals why Gareth Bale missed Everton game

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a crazy 5-4 defeat away to Everton last night in the FA Cup, getting knocked out of the competition at the fifth round stage.

The Lilywhites were once again without Gareth Bale in the matchday squad after the Welshman also missed out on the West Brom game at the weekend.

Jose Mourinho revealed in his post-match press conference that he had been left surprised when Bale requested a scan due to a muscular injury this week.

Spurs played West Brom on Sunday and Mourinho claimed that he was informed of Bale’s discomfort in a muscular area on Monday, making it unclear as to whether this was why he missed the match.

Mourinho added that Bale missed training on Monday but returned on Tuesday before informing the head coach that he would prefer to work with the sports science team this week instead in order to strengthen and recover.

When asked about Bale’s absence, Mourinho said (Football London): “Well, I think it’s better for me to say.

“So we played against West Bromwich on the Sunday and he didn’t play. On Monday I was a little bit surprised by him wanting to have a scan because he was not comfortable with some muscular area.

“So he didn’t train on Monday and then on Tuesday he trained with the team but I was informed that his desire would be to work with the sports science for a couple of days to strengthen that area where he’s not feeling comfortable.

“That’s the reason why he’s not here.

“I don’t think it is an obvious clear injury. I would say he feels uncomfortable and because of that the training session he couldn’t be 100 per cent, but I don’t think we can speak about an injury.”

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