Watch Tottenham vs Arsenal live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Sunday; Before this weekend’s north London derby, Spurs can seal their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a point at Linz ASK on Thursday
Harry Kane is an injury concern for Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal after missing training on Wednesday.
The Spurs captain, along with Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius and Erik Lamela, were not pictured in training ahead of their Europa League clash at Linz ASK on Thursday.
When asked about their absence Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press conference the quartet are injured, with Lamela having missed their past five games with a calf injury.
“I don’t believe he [Lamela] has a chance for the weekend,” Mourinho said. “Harry, Vinicius and Sergio there is a chance for them to be [fit] for the weekend.”
Mourinho then refused to reveal the nature of Kane’s injury, but added there was a “good chance” the striker would return to face Arsenal.Sponsored Links
He added: “I’m not going to tell you the nature of his injury. I think there’s a good chance [for Sunday], I don’t want to lie, I don’t want to hide anything in relation to ‘Oh is he going to play or not’. I think he’s going to play, that’s my feeling.”
Alderweireld in contention for Arsenal match
Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld is back in training after missing the recent matches against Ludogorets and Chelsea with a muscle injury.
Mourinho selected Eric Dier and Joe Rodon at centre-back for Sunday’s draw with Chelsea, and the Spurs boss admits to having options with Alderweireld in contention for Arsenal and Davinson Sanchez set to play on Thursday.
“He [Alderweireld] has a chance. Not for tomorrow, not even an option, but in this process of recovering he is doing very well and there’s a chance he plays [Sunday],” Mourinho said.
“But Joe played against Chelsea and it was not an easy first match to play. Davinson will play tomorrow too so we have our options. If Toby cannot play we will not cry, and it will be a chance for another one.”
A ‘pony’ in the PL race… what about Europa?
Spurs currently top the Premier League but Mourinho believes the club are still a “pony” in the title race.
With regards to the Europa League, where Spurs need a point on Thursday night to reach the knockout stages, Mourinho said they were “one of the most important horses”.
However, he added the dynamics will change once the clubs who finished third in their Champions League group drop into Europe’s secondary tournament, with Mourinho’s former club Real Madrid among those currently third with one match remaining.