Jose Mourinho claims Tottenham outcast Dele Alli could make the bench for FA Cup fifth round clash at Everton after recovering from a tendon injury
- Tottenham travel to Everton in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night
- Spurs beat Wycombe 4-1 in last round after brief scare from Championship side
- Jose Mourinho was quizzed on Dele Alli’s situation ahead of Goodison Park clash
- Alli, who has been frozen out by Mourinho, has recovered from a tendon injury
Dele Alli could make his return to the Tottenham fold for their FA Cup trip to Everton on Wednesday.
Midfielder Alli last played in Spurs’s third round win at Marine on January 10 and not featured in any of their last seven games.
More recently Alli’s absence has been due to a muscular problem that has prevented him training with the rest of his team-mates until Monday.
Dele Alli could play some role for Tottenham during their FA Cup fifth round clash with Everton
Jose Mourinho gave an encouraging fitness update on Alli ahead of the trip to Goodison Park
Though Alli had been struggling for game time this season before his injury issues and also saw a potential loan move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he would have linked up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino, fail to materialise during the January transfer window.
Manager Jose Mourinho held talks with Alli last week after it became clear he would be remaining with Spurs for the rest of the season and he could get his first chance to kick-start his Spurs career at Goodison Park.
Mourinho said: ‘Dele Alli, he trained yesterday with the team and well. [He’s had a] long time away, a couple of weeks not training with the team and recovering.
‘Can he play tomorrow? Well he’s not injured but I’m not sure he can. Can he help us? I believe he can so in terms of having Dele on the bench to come for a few minutes to try to help the team if that’s possible. Something I have to speak to him but I believe he can.
Alli, who has been frozen out, has only featured 12 times for Spurs in all competitions this term
‘With the end of questions [about his future] he can train, he can try to help the team because this is what we want, this is what we need. We need players to help the team. And hopefully he can do that.
‘In a normal situation he wouldn’t even be considered for tomorrow but with the injuries we have, the number of matches we have maybe we have to accelerate his process and maybe we can but of course I want him to be fully on board and to agree and it depends on his feelings.
‘But if he can be on the bench tomorrow and to come on for 10, 15 minutes and help the team that will be good for us.’
Meanwhile, Mourinho does not expect Serge Aurier to be fit after picking up a calf injury against West Brom, while Sergio Reguilon (muscle) and Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring) will miss out on Wednesday.
Serge Aurier is set to miss out at Goodison Park after injuring his calf against West Brom
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