Mourinho’s fitness boost ahead of Premier League return
Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son among long-term absentees who are now back in Tottenham training
27 May, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Mourinho: ‘When the authorities tell us we can train normally, the boys will be ready to play’
TOTTENHAM boss Jose Mourinho says he will have a fully fit squad at his disposal when the Premier League finally resumes.
Before the coronavirus outbreak halted football, Spurs had a number of long-term injury issues.
The most notable were Harry Kane, who hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury at Southampton on New Year’s Day, and Heung-Min Son, who fractured his right arm in the game at Aston Villa in February.
The injury problems meant Tottenham were forced to field depleted sides in February and March, resulting in them being knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League.
Mourinho says all his players have now recovered, but warned they are still lacking the kind of match fitness that can only come with full-contact training and playing competitive games.
He said: “I cannot say in this moment they are ready to play because one thing is to recover from an injury, and another is to be ready to play football.
“In Harry’s case, I think for about five months he hasn’t played, but all of them are not injured anymore.
“They are training, and training is what it is at the moment – training has a lot of limitations. We cannot compete, we cannot do one versus one, we have to keep a certain distance.
“I think when the authorities tell us we can train normally, in a couple of weeks, the boys will be ready to play. Of course not to the maximum of their potential, I think nobody can do that in this moment.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham have confirmed that ticket holders will be invited to apply for a refund for the club’s remaining home matches of the campaign.
A club statement read: “Given that, unfortunately but understandably, supporters will not be able to attend any remaining matches for the 2019/20 Premier League season, we should like to provide an update in respect of our five remaining home matches, any credits held on ticketing accounts and renewals for the 2020/21 season.
“For the final five home fixtures we shall issue a pro rata credit to all Season Ticket Holders and 1882 Members.
“This credit, together with any amounts accrued via the Ticket Exchange platform up to and including the home match against Wolves on Sunday, 1 March, will be placed in your One Hotspur Ticketing account.
“These funds can be applied against your 2020/21 Season Ticket. You will not need to do anything – your seat will be secured and we will contact you in due course about completing your renewal.”