Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has revealed midfielder Erik Lamela was not in the running to face Brentford on Tuesday after being convicted of breaking COVID-19 regulations over Christmas.
Lamela joined West Ham United teammates Manuel Lanzini and Spurs Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon in celebrating Christmas Day, despite government rules stipulating that London households cannot mix in an attempt to combat the spread of the virus.
News broke shortly before Spurs’ 3-0 win over Leeds United on Saturday, for which Lamela was not even part of the day’s squad, and Mourinho confessed after the game that the Argentinian did not. would not come back yet.
“Not available,” Mourinho replied bluntly (via the Daily Mail) when asked if Lamela would play or isolate himself for the Brentford clash.
The boss was in a hurry for a reason but simply replied, “It’s not for me to tell you. I’m just telling you that against Brentford he can’t play. ”
It’s odd as Mourinho was still happy to name Reguilon on the bench for the Leeds game, but couldn’t find a place for Lamela despite being both at the same forbidden party. Lo Celso missed the game due to injury.
Mourinho also revealed that he bought Reguilon a special Christmas present to help him cope with the loneliness of the day, only to see this good deed send back to his face.
“An incredible gift. A Portuguese piglet, which is amazing for Portuguese and Spanish [people]”He revealed.” So I gave this to him because I was told he was going to spend Christmas alone.
“He was not alone as you can see and we as a club are disappointed because we give the players all the education, all the conditions. We are not happy, it was a bad surprise for us. ”
Mourinho will likely look to rotate his squad somewhat for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, although the boss has always taken the competition very seriously and would have hoped to have as many first-team players available as possible.
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