Jose Mourinho says he will ask Dele Alli if he is ready to return to the Tottenham bench against Everton tomorrow.
But Mourinho admits he would not even be considering a recall for the Spurs misfit if it weren’t for injuries to others and Tottenham’s packed schedule.
The former England star has not played for the club since a 65-minute run-out against Marine in the competition.
He hasn’t even made the squad for a Premier League game since January 13, with his only start in the league coming in an opening-day defeat to Everton.
Alli was heavily linked with a move to Paris St-Germain last month but a transfer never materialised, prompting speculation he was being frozen out.
But Mourinho insists there was nothing sinister about his absence – because he was struggling with a tendon injury.
The Spurs boss said: “He started with something in the tendon and after that, not a strain but muscular bad feelings around the tendon area.
“He was not feeling comfortable. The process with the sports science people was between giving some days rest and treatment and then re-integration.
“He did the training session on Sunday with sports science in the morning then we had information he was perfectly fine to train Monday with the team which he did.
“Hopefully the feelings will allow him to travel with us. He trained well. He went through a process of not training.”
Mourinho says he will ASK the 24-year-old how he is feeling before picking his squad, but admits he is being rushed back due to injuries elsewhere.
Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon will miss the game, with Serge Aurier also a doubt.
After the Everton game, Spurs face Premier League leaders Manchester City this Saturday, and Wolfsburg in the Europa League next week.
Mourinho said: “It’s been a long time away, a couple of weeks not training with the team and recovering. Can he play?
“Well he’s not injured but I’m not sure he can. Can he help us, I believe he can. Having Dele on the bench to come on for a few minutes to try to help the team. Is that possible? Something I have to speak to him but I believe he can.
“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.
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“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 for 10, 15 minutes and help the team that will be good for us.
"What maybe changed is speculation around him because in this moment everybody knows he is a Tottenham player, who stays here and he doesn’t go to any place.
"So probably the end of the speculation will be the end of questions and with the end of questions 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."
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