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Jose Mourinho to take late call on fitness of Lo Celso ahead of Everton game


Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho spoke to the club’s media website ahead of their opening game against Everton on Sunday. The Portuguese manager stated that he would make a late decision on the fitness of Giovani Lo Celso.

“The players have come back without injury, which is a very positive thing, and we are together for two training sessions and we start the season.”

“The majority of the team, apart from three, know each other well for quite a long time, and the fact I’ve been with them for the past 10 months makes it easier for me, because in this moment, I don’t need to adapt and the players don’t need to adapt to me, because we know each other already, so I think we are ready.”

Giovani Lo Celso had impressed in the Premier League last season after making the move to North London from Real Betis. The Argentine quickly became a crucial part of Tottenham’s midfield and the 24-year-old is expected to play an important role in Mourinho’s plans for the squad this season.

Mourinho had earlier revealed that Lo Celso was struggling with a groin injury back in July, but the club’s website yesterday announced that Lo Celso had picked up a hamstring injury. The midfielder did not play in any of Tottenham’s four pre-friendly games and was not pictured in Tottenham’s training ground with the rest of the squad. If Lo Celso does not make it into the squad, Mourinho is expected to field a midfield trio of Harry Winks, Dele Alli and new signing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Academy graduate Japhet Tanganga was also confirmed to be ruled out of tomorrow’s game with a thigh injury.


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