Mourinho: Lamela 'cannot play' in Tottenham's Carabao Cup semi-final

Jose Mourinho reveals Erik Lamela ‘cannot play’ in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford after breaching Tier 4 rules by attending Christmas party with teammates Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso

  • The Spurs trio were pictured at a gathering with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini
  • Tottenham indicated internal action would be taken into the Covid breach
  • Mourinho has not explained why Lamela is not be available for cup tie

Erik Lamela will not be involved in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Brentford on Tuesday, just days after he was pictured breaching Tier 4 coronavirus regulations by attending a Christmas party.

Spurs indicated internal action would be taken after a photograph circulated on social media ahead of their 3-0 win over Leeds on Saturday that showed the trio of Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilón at a gathering with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini. There were 15 adults and three children in the picture.

Lamela, who featured in Tottenham’s previous two games, was subsequently not involved against Leeds, while Reguilon was on the bench and Lo Celso is injured.

Jose Mourinho says Erik Lamela will not be involved in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semi-final

Tottenham have not given specific details of why Lamela was left out, but when asked if the forward would be available for the crucial clash with Brentford, or if he will be isolating, Jose Mourinho said: ‘Not available.’

When pressed, Mourinho added: ‘It’s not for me to tell you. I just tell you that against Brentford he cannot play.’

Tottenham took a dim view of the breaches, which are believed to have occurred on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. 

Tottenham stars Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini are believed to have broken Covid-19 rules by spending Christmas together

Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela also took to social media to say sorry for his actions

Mourinho had said he bought Reguilon a special Christmas dinner as he believed the Spaniard would be alone. 

‘An amazing gift,’ he said. ‘Portuguese piglet, which is amazing for Portuguese and Spanish [people]. So I gave him this because I was told he was going to spend Christmas on his own.

‘He was not alone as you could see and we, as a club, feel disappointed because we give the players all the education, all the conditions. We are not happy, it was a negative surprise for us.’

Lamela tweeted: ‘I want to apologise for a decision I made over Christmas which I deeply regret. On reflection I understand the seriousness of my actions and the impact it has on others. I am truly thankful to everyone working hard to keep us safe and I feel ashamed knowing I’ve let people down.’ 

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini posted a picture of himself and his family in the same house

The West Ham forward issued an apology on Twitter for breaking the government guidelines 

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