Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Spurs midfielder Dele Alli will miss Thursday’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth with a hamstring problem.
Alli was 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.
However, Mourinho insists that the injury is only “small” and is missing Thursday’s clash at the Vitality Stadium as a precaution.
“We know that he had a little sad history about hamstrings last season I think, so it’s to be careful and not risk when you know that he has a little problem there. So tomorrow out.”
It’s concerning to hear about Alli, with his history of hamstring complaints, having to miss a second game in a row, even if Mourinho is downplaying the severity.
That said, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and Tottenham have strength in depth in midfield at present so it could be worse.
With Arsenal coming up after Bournemouth, Alli will hopefully be fully fit by the time the North London derby rolls in.