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Press Conference: Jose Mourinho on Kane, Lo Celso, injuries and more

Jose Mourinho during Tottenham training

Image source: Football London

Tottenham will be on action again for their Premier League clash against Manchester United.

The league games restarted on June 17 after being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. Spurs are set to return to the game, sitting on the 8th place of the league table.

Ahead of the upcoming match, the club boss Jose Mourinho has spoken to the press.

The Portuguese has confirmed Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko will feature for the clash versus the Red Devils.

On Kane’s fitness, he said: “Harry Kane hasn’t played football for more than six months. So again, he is working extremely well. I can tell you no problem, he’s going to start the game. Does Harry have 90, 80, 70, 60 minutes, I don’t know.

Only the game will tell us that. Is he on the top of his form? We don’t know. It’s not a little training session with our friends from Norwich that’s going to tell us the answer.

But for him he’s around 6 months without playing a football match but he works extremely well. He’s an amazing professional and he’s going to start tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Japhet Tanganga will be out of the game with a back stress fracture. It is still unclear whether Giovani Lo Celso will be able to start tomorrow’s match. The final decision will be made in the morning.

Speaking about Lo Celso, the manager said:

“Yes. I can confirm that [he is a player struggling for fitness]. Gio, I consider to be one of the victims of the rules and one of the victims of the protocols, because he was injured in the end of the period before the coronvirus situation.

He was in very bad conditions in the last three or four matches. He didn’t play against Burnley, he played for 10 minutes and then we tried to have him ready for Leipzig but he wasn’t even ready for Leipzig.

Because of the rules his injury is not an injury in need for surgery but needed treatment and daily treatment, needed close contact with physios and fitness coaches working with him but that was not possible. For about two months he was injured and he couldn’t recover from it.

So when the training ground opened and he started to have treatment, it was not enough to have him 100 per cent. So I’d say only in the past days he’s been training with the team.

Available for tomorrow, yes I think so. Tomorrow morning we will test if he is going to play 90 minutes. Is he going to start the game, I don’t know but a difficult process for him.”

Mourinho has also revealed he is hopeful that Jan Vertonghen will sign a short-term contract extension until the end of the season.

“Jan is a fantastic guy, fantastic professional. His love for the club, his respect for the club, is never in doubt. Of course he’s committed with us, of course he’s ready to play tomorrow.

We and him want him to be with us until at least the end of the season and hopefully Jan and his people and my club can agree that. But speaking now until the end of his contract, in the end of June, he’s here to help and of course we totally trust him,” he added.

Source: Football London

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