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Mourinho provides an update on Bale and Son fitness ahead of Haifa and Man Utd games

Jose Mourinho has provided an update on the fitness of Gareth Bale and Heung Min Son as Spurs continue their gruelling fixture schedule this week.

The north London club are in the middle of a run of five games in just 10 days, beating Chelsea on penalties in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday before games against Maccabi Haifa and Manchester United on Thursday and Sunday respectively.

South Korean forward Heung Min Son picked up a hamstring strain in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle at the weekend, and speaking ahead of their final Europa League qualifier, Jose Mourinho said Son is ‘a big doubt’ ahead of the weekend trip to Old Trafford.

“No injuries, lots of fatigue,” said Mourinho at his pre-match press briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

“Sonny, of course, is not playing tomorrow. He’s a doubt for Sunday, I would say a big doubt, but I don’t want to say that he’s not going to play, because maybe he does, and then my position is not good!

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale is yet to feature for Spurs since re-signing for the club on loan from Real Madrid, the Welshman having suffered a knee injury on international duty earlier this month, though Mourinho is hoping the 31-year-old will be fit following the international break.

“Gareth Bale cannot play tomorrow or at the weekend, that I can confirm,” said the Portuguese. “He’s working very hard, committed, very professional, very happy, but not yet ready for tomorrow or the weekend.

“I believe the two weeks of international could be important to his last phase of recovering and fitness, hopefully to play when we’re back on the weekend after internationals. Let’s see if it’s possible to arrive there.”

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