Mourinho preparing for Spurs' clash at Villa to go ahead as planned

Jose Mourinho preparing for Tottenham’s Premier League clash at Aston Villa to go ahead as planned despite coronavirus outbreak among Dean Smith’s squad as he says ‘nobody told me that I’m not going to play’

  • Tottenham’s Premier League clash at Aston Villa is understood to be in doubt
  • There has been a mass outbreak of coronavirus among Villa’s squad
  • Currently, 10 of Villa’s first-team players have been struck down with the virus
  • Jose Mourinho said his Tottenham side are preparing for the clash as normal 

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is preparing for his side’s Premier League game at Aston Villa on Wednesday to go ahead.

The match is understood to be in doubt after a mass outbreak of coronavirus at the Midlands club, with 10 first-team Villa players struck down with the virus.

Villa played their FA Cup game with Liverpool on Friday night with a youth team, losing 4-1.

The Covid outbreak within the Aston Villa squad has thrown the Tottenham clash into doubt

And Mourinho – whose side had their December 30 date with Fulham delayed due to Covid-19 in the Cottagers’ camp – has said it would be ‘completely impossible’ for another one of Spurs’ league games to be cancelled and said teams should be ready to play with the minimum 14 players.

It is understood that Spurs are yet to hear anything from the Premier League regarding the fixture, so Mourinho will begin preparations on Monday.

He may have been making more of a point about the lack of information from the league, but asked after Sunday’s 5-0 win at Marine when he expects his side to next play, Mourinho said: ‘Wednesday.’

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he is preparing for the Villa clash as normal

Asked again whether he thinks the Villa game will go ahead, he replied: ‘Yeah. Nobody told me that I’m not going to play so (on Monday morning) we start to prepare for that game, and the same Tuesday unless somebody tells us different.’

Mourinho saw his Tottenham side ease to the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a 5-0 win over eighth-tier side Marine on Sunday.

Carlos Vinicius scored a hat-trick while Lucas Moura and 16-year-old Alfie Devine also netted. 

Villa were forced to play their youth team in the FA Cup third round tie against Liverpool

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