Tottenham headline the night as Jose Mourinho delivers fitness update for Bale and Lo Celso
Here are your headlines from the Tottenham night on Wednesday March 3.
Lo Celso remains absent
The Argentina midfielder has been out since December with a hamstring injury, but there was good news recently when he returned to the grass, taking part in training sessions.
“In fact, we don’t want to take a risk, we want to bring him into the team and to the competition when there is no risk. So one more week, two more weeks. Other than that, everyone’s fine. One more workout this afternoon, but we think okay. “
Bale available on Thursday
Mourinho has confirmed Gareth Bale can play for Tottenham again when he takes on Fulham on Thursday.
Enduring a stop-start campaign due to injuries and fitness issues following his return on loan from Real Madrid, the forward has really garnered attention in the past two weeks.
Given that Spurs now have another game to face in a busy schedule for the club, Mourinho believes his player can play again but it is not entirely sure if he will start or be on the bench.
“I think so. To start or start on the bench, I don’t know,” he said in his pre-match press conference.
“He’s a very experienced player. Good reaction though.”
Stoke City could move again for Clarke
Michael O’Neill has said Stoke City may look to bring Jack Clarke back to the club next season.
Signed on loan from Tottenham in January after just three Europa League and FA Cup appearances, the winger has played regularly for the Potters since moving to Staffordshire.
Having endured frustrating loan spells at Leeds United and QPR last season, the 20-year-old now has more minutes under his belt than in his previous two moves after starting four games and coming off the bench six times.
Opening up to the player’s recent stint on the bench, the former Northern Ireland manager hinted at the possibility of a longer deal for Clarke in 2021/22.
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“Jack is a young player who we brought to the club and he’s been involved in every game basically,” O’Neill said, reported by Stoke-on-Trent Live.
“He came out of the squad after Norwich and the team won the next two games so he had to be patient. He was in those two games off the bench. On Saturday we changed the system so that it was either tactical.
“We were pleased with Jack’s contribution. There are areas where he still needs to improve, but he is a very talented young player.
“In terms of loan, he played more minutes than on previous loans, so he’s still adjusting a bit.”