It was a nightmare match for Dele Alli against Manchester City yesterday as he seemed to pick up an injury very early on in the affair at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Alli challenged for possession with his fellow England teammate Raheem Sterling, with the latter appearing to go over the ball and collide studs down with Dele’s ankle.
Upon reviewing the footage, the tackle certainly looks damning for the Man City man, who was only shown a yellow card by Mike Dean. However, the challenge was reviewed by VAR and no further action was taken.
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Therefore, Man City continued with eleven men and Dele Alli played on with the knock, something he was visibly struggling with, especially in the second half.
The midfield man was eventually replaced by Tanguy Ndombele with around 20 minutes to go and Mourinho has now confirmed the problem, while hoping that Dele’s injury is not a bad one.
Asked whether there was an impact problem on Dele’s ankle, Mourinho said (Football London): “Yeah. Since that moment he was ‘can I stay on the pitch or not?’. Half-time same discussion, beginning of the second half the same discussion and then he realised that he couldn’t carry on.
“It’s going to be hard. If we lose Dele Alli I cannot imagine, I don’t know.”
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