Key Tottenham duo face fitness race against time ahead of Leeds clash

Lane Dias January 1, 2021
Key Tottenham duo face fitness race against time ahead of Leeds clash
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Tottenham Hotspur‘s Brazilian pair Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius face a race against time to be in contention, ahead of the Lilywhites’ league fixture against Leeds United, according to Football.London.

The duo were due to miss Spurs’ clash with London rivals Fulham yesterday, due to concerns regarding their fitness.

However, the game was postponed as a result of several positive coronavirus cases among the Cottagers.

After his side’s draw with Wolves, Mourinho provided an update on the players ahead of the would-be fixture against Fulham.

“I have my doubts that Lucas [Moura] and [Carlos] Vinicius can be fit for Fulham.”

Extra day of rest

However, the postponement of the London derby has arguably provided an extra day’s rest to the injured party. And could potentially see them return for their next game against Leeds on Saturday.

The inclusion of both Vinicius and Moura would be an invaluable boost for the north London side. The club have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions, and gone four games without a victory in the league.

Moura, who has featured in all but three of Spurs’ 26 games this campaign, last played against Stoke City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

He managed 66 minutes that night, before later being replaced by Moussa Sissoko. As for Vinicius, the on-loan Benfica forward has missed the side’s last five matches in all competitions.

He was an unused substitute against Stoke City, but wasn’t even on the bench against Wolves. The 25-year-old last represented Spurs in the Europa League, scoring the opener against Royal Antwerp.

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Gareth Bale ‘few weeks’ off

Moura wasn’t the only player to be forced off with injury against the Potters. Gareth Bale, who scored the opener, was also substituted albeit at half time, due to a suspected calf injury.

Speaking after the Wolves match, Mourinho insisted that Bale’s injury would rule him out for a “few weeks”.

As a result, the Welshman is set to miss the Leeds United fixture and may only return in time to face either FA Cup minnows Marine on January 10, or Aston Villa three days later.

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