When asked whether he would be involved in tomorrow’s encounter, Mourinho remained tight-lipped. However, he insisted that Alli had his respect and was in contention to play.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Mourinho said, “I cannot confirm if Dele is playing but I cannot confirm if Dele is not playing.
“He is being very professional. He has my respect, it is possible he plays tomorrow.”
Dele Alli’s Spurs season so far
The Englishman has featured just twice this campaign, starting in their Premier League opener against Everton, in which he was taken off at half time, as they were beaten 1-0.
He then played an hour in Spurs’ Europa League third round qualifying tie against Shkendija, which they won 3-1 to set up tomorrow’s tie.
He has been uninvolved in the last three domestic fixtures, missing two league games against Southampton, a 5-2 victory, and Newcastle a controversial 1-1 draw.
The third was Tottenham’s Carabao Cup triumph over London rivals Chelsea on penalties last night.
Freshen things up
Considering the high turnaround in fixtures (three matches in six days), Alli may well fancy his chances of playing, given the calamitous call of nature to teammate Eric Dier.
Last night’s encounter against The Blues saw Dier race off the pitch for an emergency toilet break in the 77th minute, which occurred due to dehydration caused by fixture-build-up, according to Mourinho.
Speaking after the result, Mourinho told BBC Sport: “It should be forbidden for a player to play two games in 48 hours at this level [after he played against Newcastle on Sunday]. What he did is not human to do.
“He had to go – he had no choice. Maybe it is a normal thing when you are completely dehydrated, which is the case. I had to put pressure on him to get back but he is a great example for everybody.”
Heung-min Son is out of contention, having been injured against Newcastle, which could leave Alli with a spot to fill should his teammates still be fatigued from their victory against Chelsea.
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