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José Mourinho has confirmed that Erik Lamela will not be available for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford on Tuesday following his breach of coronavirus rules.
The Argentine was one of three Spurs players photographed together in contravention of strict level four measures. Along with Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon – and Manuel Lanzini from West Ham – they were photographed in a big gathering during the Christmas period.
Lo Celso is injured and Reguilón was on the bench for Saturday 3-0 win over Leeds.
However, Lamela was not in the call and Mourinho insists that he will not appear again in the middle of the week.
Mourinho did not want to confirm if Lamella had tested positive for coronavirus or was in self-isolation as a result of the party. Instead, he insisted that it was not up to him to explain his player’s absence.
“Not available. Not available,” said the Portuguese when asked if Lamela would play on Tuesday. “It’s not up to me to tell you. I’m just telling you that he can’t play against Brentford.”
Lamela is offside is something midfielder Harry Winks knows. England international fell out of favor with Mourinho during the first part of the season.
Winks was ruled out of Mourinho’s Premier League team. Furthermore, they only played a minor role in the group stage of the Europa League. That led to speculation that he would be looking to leave this month.
However, he has struggled his way back to the side, starting the last two Premier League games. He admits that it has been a difficult campaign for him on a personal level..
“It’s been a bumpy season for me so far,” he said. “I have had some good games when I have been and I have had some games where I have been left out and I have not been involved, which has been difficult.
“Every time I have the opportunity to play I want to play well and stay in the team, and that comes from working hard and performing when I have the opportunity.”
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Winks shrugs off Tottenham draft
Spurs are two wins away from ending a 13-year trophy drought when Brentford and Manchester United or Manchester City get in the way of silverware.
Winks was at Wembley when Spurs beat Chelsea to win the League Cup in 2008, but says the squad isn’t bothered by constant reminders of how long it’s been since they won a trophy.
“I was on the stand with my dad,” he said. “We were on the top tier at Wembley. I remember being there an hour after the game watching all the players celebrate on the field.
“It would be great if we could do the same this season.
“We don’t pay much attention to what people say about it.
“We wanted to win a trophy every season, regardless of what people said. Every footballer in the world wants to win trophies and we are no different.
“Obviously we know that there has been a bit of publicity around Tottenham not winning a trophy for so long. But that has not changed the way we think. We still want to win a trophy ”.
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