Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has admitted that he is delighted to have his injured players back in training ahead of a potential Premier League restart.
The Special One mentioned Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, and Dele Alli by name in his latest interview.
The suspension of the Premier League had a silver lining for the Lilywhites as it allowed many of their injured players to complete their rehabilitation.
The likes of Kane, Son, Sissoko, and Bergwijn were all on the treatment table when the season was suspended back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spurs boss admitted that all four players, plus Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, are now fully fit but he insisted that they are some way off being match sharp having not played football for several months.
He told Sky Sports: “I cannot say in this moment they are ready to play because one thing is to recover from an injury, and another is to be ready to play football.
“In Harry’s case, I think for about five months he hasn’t played, but all of them are not injured any more. They are training, and training is what it is at the moment, training has a lot of limitations. We cannot compete, we cannot do one versus one, we have to keep a certain distance, we cannot compete.
“Harry Kane, Son, Bergwijn, Sissoko, all of them are fine. I think with a couple of weeks of normal training when the authorities tell us we can train normally I think in a couple of weeks, the boys will be ready to play, of course not in the maximum of their potential, I think nobody can do that in this moment.
“For us, of course, it is a great feeling, because we finished the period with that defeat at Leipzig, where we were really, really in trouble to have 11 players, including attacking players, and in this moment (Erik) Lamela, Son, Dele (Alli), Harry Kane, Bergwijn, everybody is fit now.”
The Portuguese coach has been extremely unlucky with injuries since arriving in North London, with the likes of Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies, and Tanguy Ndombele also having been out for varying spells.
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I believe the final nine games of the season will offer us great insight into how Jose plans on setting the team up going forward. Not only does he have a lot of options available to him but he will also have had a chance to work with the team on the training ground on various patterns of play. I am particularly interested to see if he will employ a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation.
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