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Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho confirmed at today’s press conference that players like Harry Kane and Sergio Reguilon will miss the Europa League clash against LASK tomorrow.
Spurs are second in Group J, tied on the same points with Royal Antwerp, and a win tomorrow outside Austria would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages.
Heading into the game, Mourinho has confirmed that Spurs will not have at least five key players for this game. The likes of Erik Lamela, Reguilon, Kane and Vinicius are missing for this game, while central Toby Alderweireld is unavailable.
Mourinho said, cited by Football London:
“All injured. Lamela is an injury that has been going on for three weeks, a month, something like that, and I don’t think he has a chance for the weekend. Harry, Vinicius and Sergio there is a possibility that they are [back] for the weekend. “
The Portuguese boss has delivered an update on Alderweireld:
“Yes, you have a chance [for the weekend]. Not for tomorrow. Joe played Chelsea and it was not an easy first game to play. Davinson will play tomorrow. We have our options if he can’t play and we won’t cry if he can’t like him against Chelsea.
Lamela missed the last five games for the Spurs with a calf injury, and they probably won’t rush it. However, it is Kane’s injury that has come as a surprise to many. The England forward has been in excellent shape this season (8 goals and 10 assists in all competitions) and it will be a serious blow to the club if they lose Sunday’s derby in North London against Arsenal.
It remains to be seen how the Spurs line up for this game, especially with backup striker Vinicius also out with injury. It is very likely that Gareth Bale or Son Heung-Min can play up front.
Meanwhile, Alderweireld has returned to training and the Belgian is likely to return to the starting lineup against the Gunners. With so many players injured, it presents a good opportunity for Dele Alli to make a big impact Thursday night and get back on his coach’s good books.
Read also: LASK vs Tottenham Hotspur: Europa League match preview, team news and expected line-ups.