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Party-goer Lamela will not be involved in Spurs' semi-final



In favour: Jose Mourinho in discussion with Harry Winks

In favour: Jose Mourinho in discussion with Harry Winks


In favour: Jose Mourinho in discussion with Harry Winks

Erik Lamela will not be available for Tottenham's Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford tomorrow following his coronavirus rule-breaking.

The Argentinian was one of three Spurs players pictured together contravening strict tier four measures at a large gathering over the Christmas period.

Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon were the others, with West Ham's Manuel Lanzini also in attendance.

Lo Celso is injured and Reguilon was on the bench for Saturday's 3-0 win over Leeds, but Lamela was not in the squad and boss Jose Mourinho has said he will again not feature in midweek.

Mourinho would not confirm whether Lamela had tested positive for coronavirus or was in self-isolation as a result of the party, insisting it was not up to him to explain his player's absence.

"Not available. Not available," the Portuguese said when asked whether Lamela would play tomorrow. "It's not for me to tell you. I just tell you that against Brentford he cannot play."

Lamela being sidelined is something midfielder Harry Winks knows about, with the England international falling out of favour with Mourinho for the first part of the season.

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Winks was jettisoned from Mourinho's Premier League side and played only a bit-part role in the Europa League group stages, leading to speculation he would be looking to leave this month.

He has fought his way back into the side, starting the last two Premier League games, but admits it has been a difficult campaign.

"It's been a bit of an up-and-down season for me so far," he said. "I've had some good games when I've been in and I've had a few games where I've been left out and not been involved, which has been difficult.

"Every time I get the chance to play I want to play well and stay in the team, and that comes from working hard and performing when I get the chance."

Mourinho is, meanwhile, backing Steven Bergwijn to come good in front of goal once the Dutchman can shake off lingering fitness issues.

Bergwijn received online abuse from Spurs fans after he missed two gilt-edged chances in the recent defeat at Liverpool and he was again wasteful against Leeds.

The Holland international is a key part of Mourinho's front three alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, performing admirable defensive work, but is not contributing with goals.

He has yet to find the net in 11 Premier League games this season.

"We need him to score goals. Of course we know he has the ability to do that," the Portuguese said. "If you go back one year, his first match and he scored an amazing goal (against Manchester City). We know that he has the ability to do that.

"He's accumulating also physical problems. I don't know if you could see but even in the last 10 minutes he was touching his groin, he was touching his adductor.

"He's having problems that are stopping him now and again from training properly and at high intensity so he's suffering a little bit.

"But of course he gives very good things to the team. I believe the goals will arrive if his condition improves."

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