Jose Mourinho has provided a team news update to journalists who have dialled into Tottenham Hotspur’s pre-Liverpool press conference from Hotspur Way this afternoon.
Such is the protocol, the media are informed of the availability of the Spurs squad ahead of Mourinho answering questions prior to the trip to Anfield for tomorrow’s top of the table Premier League clash.
Pre-match press conferences continue to take place on the Zoom video conferencing after the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions meaning that journalists can no longer attend Hotspur Way in person.
Mourinho has revealed that Gareth Bale is likely to miss the match. The Welshman missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace through a non-COVID illness and is yet to resume outdoors training with his team-mates.
Japhet Tanganga is also out after the defender injured his shoulder against Royal Antwerp and is expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks and Erik Lamela remains sidelined.
Spurs have won three of their last seven away league games against reigning top-flight champions (D2 L2), beating Man Utd in 2013-14, Leicester in 2016-17 and Chelsea in 2017-18 – they’d only won three of their previous 40 such matches (D6 L31).
Bale is a doubt for tomorrow, having not trained with the group yesterday. Tanganga injured his shoulder against Antwerp and is out for a couple of weeks.
— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) December 15, 2020
Gareth Bale (illness) could miss the game vs Liverpool tomorrow – the Real Madrid loanee trained inside yesterday. "At this moment I would say no." A shoulder injury will keep Tanganga out for around 2-3 weeks. Lamela remains sidelined.
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 15, 2020
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