Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Dele Alli will be absent again – the third game in a row – as Spurs prepare to contest the North London derby.
Alli was initially ruled out of Monday’ 1-0 win over Everton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after suffering “something” related to his hamstring in training a few days earlier.
The 24-year-old has been plagued by hamstring problems in recent times, twice suffering strains last season and also missing two matches in August at the start of this term.
Mourinho then said before the Bournemouth draw that Alli would once again not feature, but insisted that the issue was “small” and the absence was precautionary.
However, ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with Arsenal on Sunday, Mourinho simply said “no” when asked by Football London whether the 6ft 2in midfielder would feature.
It’s concerning to hear about Alli, with his history of hamstring complaints, having to miss a third game in a row, especially given it’s such a crucial game.
Mourinho’s short reply, without divulging any further details, is also slightly worrying – hopefully more information on Alli’s injury will come out in due time.