Jose Mourinho provides injury update ahead Tottenham Hotspur clash

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Eric Bailly could possibly feature against Tottenham Hotspur whilst adding that Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba are still injured.

Pogba returned to Carrington on Thursday as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring injury and Fellaini is nearing a return after suffering a knee ligament sprain earlier this month.

Both Bailly and Jones, who haven’t played together since September due to various injuries, trained with the first team squad ahead of the clash with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

And Mourinho, when asked about the absence of Harry Kane for Spurs, was quick to point towards his more considerable list of absentees, adding that Bailly was only a “possibility” to feature.

“We have no Zlatan Ibrahimovic, no Paul Pogba, no Marouane Fellaini, no Marcos Rojo, no Michael Carrick, so don’t speak to me about Harry Kane.

“Nobody is back. Jones was on the bench the other day and is okay. Bailly is a possibility.

“Jones yeah, Bailly yeah, Jones is good, he was on the bench Tuesday, no need to play but he was ready so he’s really ready.

“Eric let’s see. One more training session but he’s the only one from the injured group that can be ready tomorrow.”

Mourinho will most likely opt for a defensive partnership comprising of Jones and Chris Smalling given that Bailly has only managed one training session with the first team since recovering from a groin injury and supporters will just hope that, unlike last week, the pair hold firm before the Ivorian receives a run-out later in the game.

Pogba, on the other hand, doesn’t look too far behind either, with reports from France claiming he could return in time for the clash with Chelsea on November 5.

And while no updates have been given on Fellaini, the Belgian should be returning sooner rather than later after being told he would spent only around two to three weeks on the sidelines.

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