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José Mourinho opened up on Gareth Bale’s Instagram post ahead of the FA Cup match in Everton and confirmed that the winger will be selected for Tottenham’s Man City match, if he’s fit.
the Star of wales He has struggled to make a mark in his second spell at the club after arriving on loan from Real Madrid in September.
Midweek loss to Toffees expected to begin but he was omitted from the squad entirely.
Mourinho revealed after the tie in Merseyside that the 31-year-old had requested a scan for a muscle problem on Monday.
He then trained with the team the next day, before applying to work with the club’s sports science folks for a couple of days.
However, before the game at Goodison he uploaded a picture to his Instagram account of him training with the caption “Good session today.”
That led to speculation that Bale had been eliminated by Mourinho after his lackluster performance at Brighton.
However, in his pre-match press conference for Saturday’s tough trip to Manchester City, Mourinho commented on the Instagram post.
He said: “I have to admit that his position created the need to be approached. There was a contradiction between the mail and reality.
“Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything, I have tried to be very private and keep everything indoors, but I felt like I needed to address the situation.
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Mourinho dealing in reality
“The position was probably not even his responsibility. But I was proving that the training session was great and I’m ready, which was totally wrong. So when they questioned me I had to give the reality of things.
“I repeat for the last time. Bale was not feeling well. He asked for a scan. I had a scan. The scan showed no injuries, but his feelings were still there. But as coaches, doctors, we can never go against the feelings of the player. So he wasn’t ready for the game. It’s as simple as that.
“If he is ready for tomorrow, he will be selected for tomorrow.”
If Bale is game-ready at The Etihad, the best he can hope for is a seat on the bench.
Mourinho has often preferred Harry Kane’s three forwards, Son Heung-Min and Steven Bergwijn for the biggest games this season.
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