Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho says Dele Alli suffered “something” related to his hamstring on Saturday ahead of Spurs’ Premier League meeting with Everton on Monday, in conversation with Football London.
Alli, who played the final 20 minutes of Thursday’s defeat to Sheffield United, has been plagued by hamstring problems in recent times.
The 6ft 2in attacking midfielder twice suffered strains last season and also missed two matches in August at the start of this term.
Mourinho is desperate for Tottenham to return to winning ways after their shock 3-1 loss at Bramall Lane, the scoreline only made slightly more respectable late on by a Harry Kane 90th-minute goal.
His task could be made harder when they face Carlo Ancelotti’s resurgent Toffees, though the Portuguese doesn’t reckon it’s too serious.
“Something today in training with Dele Alli,” Mourinho told Football London when asked about any injury concerns.
“When I say something it’s because I don’t think it’s big and I don’t really know what it is.
“The bad thing about a presser 48 hours before the game is there’s still a session tomorrow so you will not know what I know, if he is available or not.”
When asked to elaborate on Alli’s issues, Mourinho replied: “Hamstring.
“Which is something which he had problems with in the past, in previous seasons, even the beginning of this season, and it’s always something that makes the medical department think.
“We all think it’s nothing important and if you ask me in this moment I would say he’d be available. But I don’t know.”
Just as it seemed as though Spurs had a decent platform upon which to build for the rest of the season following their two good results after the restart, the Blades loss showed there’s a lot of work to be done.
Mourinho will be hoping Alli’s injury is not serious but it is concerning that it’s one which has recurred a few times already in the past few years, and the 24-year-old’s talents would be missed were he to be ruled out yet again.