Some Spurs fans would have been surprised to see Serge Aurier in the starting XI against Newcastle United on Wednesday evening after a tragic week for the Ivorian.
It was revealed on Monday morning that Serge’s younger brother, Christopher, had been shot dead outside a nightclub in Toulouse (SkySports).
Mourinho revealed ahead of the match that it would be Aurier’s decision as to whether he took to the pitch against the Magpies or not (Football London).
The right-back clearly decided that he wanted to feature and subsequently put in a passionate and mature performance, helping his side to a 3-1 victory.
With Leicester City coming up on Sunday and Aurier flying to France to see his family this week, Jose Mourinho was asked whether the defender would feature again this weekend.
Once again, the Spurs boss claimed that the ultimate decision would come down to Serge, although he refused to rule out an appearance if he arrived back in North London tonight in order to train tomorrow.
Mourinho said (Football London): “Let’s see, let’s wait. If he comes back tonight to train tomorrow morning he will be, I don’t know, he will be available. He did it in very difficult circumstances against Newcastle.
“Now he goes to France, to see family, comes back. Let’s see. It’ll be always Serge’s decision, it’ll be him opening his heart and let us understand his conditions.”
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