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Tottenham are set to host Brentford in a Carabao Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday, after picking up a 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday.
And head coach Jose Mourinho has decisions to make ahead of this week’s domestic cup matches with injury issues, possible fatigue and maybe even experimenting with a few young players.
Gareth Bale went off injured at half-time during Spurs’ 3-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Stoke City on December 23.
Asked whether or not Bale would be fit before the Fulham game was postponed, Mourinho explained: “No, I don’t expect Gareth to be fit. I wouldn’t say it’s a serious injury, but I would say a few weeks.”
The Premier League games against Villa, Sheffield United, Liverpool, and Brighton later this month may be more realistic return dates.
Mourinho revealed after the win against Leeds that Steven Bergwijn was struggling towards the conclusion of the match.
“He’s accumulating also physical problems,” Mourinho said after the game. “I don’t know if you could see but even in the last 10 minutes he was touching his groin, he was touching his adductor.
“He’s having problems that are stopping him now and again from training properly and at a high intensity so he’s suffering a little bit.”
With suggestions of a muscular issue, it seems unlikely that he would be risked against Brentford but could feature against Marine or Villa.
Giovani Lo Celso faces a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in Spurs’ 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 20.
“Gio no, he will not be fit,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know how long he will be out, I believe that he will not be playing in this period of Christmas and New Year for sure.”
Brentford and Marine may be too soon for the midfielder.
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